DGCA: 75 flights to bring home stranded Kuwaitis as of today

Kuwait Times - - Lo­cal -

KUWAIT: Kuwait’s Direc­torate Gen­eral for Civil Avi­a­tion (DGCA) an­nounced that the na­tional car­rier Kuwait Air­ways and the pri­vate Al-Jazeera Air­ways will op­er­ate 75 flights to six­teen airports world­wide to evac­u­ate stranded na­tion­als. In state­ments to the press, DGCA spokesman Saad AlO­taibi said the flights, which will start today, make up the first phase of a five-phase plan to repa­tri­ate na­tion­als from abroad af­ter the out­break of the novel coro­n­avirus (COVID-19). He pointed out that the first stage, to last three days, in­cludes flights to Riyadh, Dam­mam, Jed­dah, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Manama, Doha, Mus­cat, Cairo, Alexan­dria, Am­man, Lon­don, Is­tan­bul, Ankara, Geneva and Paris. Last week, the Kuwaiti cabi­net adopted a phased process to bring back Kuwaiti cit­i­zens abroad. The plan en­vis­aged five phases: First would be due on April 19-20 cov­er­ing Kuwaitis who com­pleted med­i­cal treat­ment abroad along with their com­pan­ions, also tourists or those who were on of­fi­cial as­sign­ments. The sec­ond stage (April 23) cov­ers pa­tients who need med­i­cal beds and life sup­port equip­ment. The third one (April 25-May 1) for stu­dents, the fourth (May 3-4) for di­plo­mats and the fifth (May 67) for other seg­ments. —KUNA

KUWAIT: This photo re­leased by Kuwait Air­ways shows top com­pany of­fi­cials meet­ing to dis­cuss prepa­ra­tions to evac­u­ate stranded na­tion­als from around the world.

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