Wataniya Air­ways’ op­er­at­ing li­cence re­voked

The car­rier was pre­vi­ously sus­pended af­ter 1,500 pas­sen­gers were left stranded

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Kuwaiti avi­a­tion au­thor­i­ties have re­voked the li­cence of Kuwait Na­tional Air­ways – com­monly known as Wataniya Air­ways – for fail­ing to take steps to rem­edy oper­a­tional prob­lems that led to a wave of de­lays and can­cel­la­tions ear­lier this year, Kuwait’s Ara­bic news­pa­per Al Jarida has re­ported.

In Sep­tem­ber, Kuwait’s Direc­torate Gen­eral for Civil Avi­a­tion (DGCA) sus­pended the car­rier’s li­cence for three months af­ter 1,500 pas­sen­gers were left stranded abroad be­cause of can­cel­la­tions.

In com­ments made to Al Jarida, DGCA spokesper­son Saad Al Otaibi said that the sus­pen­sion was de­signed to give Wataniya an op­por­tu­nity to over­haul its op­er­a­tions. How­ever, Al Otaibi said that the air­line had not made any changes, which led au­thor­i­ties to re­voke their li­cence.

Ear­lier this year, Wataniya board chair­man Ali a Fozan said that the air­line had been forced to tem­po­rar­ily sus­pend op­er­a­tions af­ter “un­ex­pected cir­cum­stances” that could not be avoided, claim­ing that three air­planes had gone out of ser­vice and left the air­line with just one avail­able for com­mer­cial flights.

At the time, al Fozan said that he be­lieved the car­rier’s fi­nan­cial po­si­tion re­mained strong and he vowed that Wataniya would re­turn af­ter “nec­es­sary mea­sures” were taken to re­vive the air­line.

The air­line was sus­pended for the last three months.

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