120,000 leave country for foreign Eid holiday
Flurry of flights at airport
KUWAIT CITY, July 18: The Kuwait International Airport (KIA) once again has regained its activity to some extent as about 120,000 left the country to enjoy their Eid Al-Adha holidays outside the country, reports Al-Rai daily.
On Friday alone about 11,000 people left the country on board 70 flights to multiple destinations East and West, mainly to Turkey, Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Europe.
With life returning to normal in many countries after easing some passenger procedures imposed as a result of the Corona pandemic, the movement of passengers at the Kuwait International Airport rebounded after thousands of people packed their bags and left for the airport.
It is believed a record 420 flights will take off during the blessed Eid Al-Adha holiday.
Meanwhile, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) submitted a request to the Council of Ministers to increase the number of daily arrivals at Kuwait International Airport soon, reports Al-Anba daily quoting sources.
Sources clarified the DGCA did not specify the number of arrivals, as it left the decision to the Council of Ministers to determine the number and date for starting the increase.
In addition, sources indicated that the DGCA is still waiting for the instruction of the Council of Ministers to explain the mechanism for arrivals to the country.
Sources added local and foreign airlines will not be allowed to open the door for reservations to certain countries, pending the final decision on the entry mechanism for passengers coming from high risk countries.
On the other hand, sources said the DGCA requested the Council of Ministers to allow the operation of summer flights to and from Armenia, Maldives and Morocco. Projects on hold: The projects of the Public-Private Partnership Authority were not spared from the repercussions and negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The project for the construction of labor cities has been halted, as none of the qualified alliances for the project submitted their technical and financial bids despite the authority’s response earlier to the alliances’ requests to postpone the closing date for bidding, reports Al-Rai daily.
Director of the authority Fadhilah AlHassan explained that some of its projects were affected by the repercussions of the pandemic. The preferred investor for the project to convert solid waste into electrical energy in Kabd area has submitted an apology for their inability to complete the project’s implementation procedures.
The Kabad project and the labor cities project will be presented to the Supreme Committee in the next meeting to discuss the latest developments and to take the appropriate decision in that regard.
In her first press interview, Al-Hassan said she expects the procedures for rehabilitating the alliances for the projects of the North Al-Zour Station (second and third phases), the Khairan station, and the first phase of electric power generation and water distillation, would be resumed during the fourth quarter of this year, provided that there is no change in the time schedule agreed with the authority concerned with the project, which is the Ministry of Electricity and Water.