Wataniya Airways to restart with flights at Kuwait Airport

Kuwaiti carrier shut down in 2011 after three years in business

(Image: Facebook/Wataniya Airways)

(Image: Facebook/Wataniya Airways)

Kuwait-based carrier Wataniya Airways has won a licence to operate at Kuwait International Airport, marking the start of airline’s return to business after six years of closure.

Wataniya shut down operations in 2011 citing financial and regional instability.

It was reported in January that the carrier would start up again in mid-2017.

On Sunday, Kuwait’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) handed Wataniya an operator’s licence at Kuwait airport, according to state news agency KUNA.

It boosts the number of national carriers at Kuwait International Airport and is also part of plans to expand commercial transportation in Kuwait, DCGA chairman Sheikh Salman Al Sabah was quoted as saying.

He added that he hoped the new terminal at Kuwait International Airport would be ready by 2021 to receive more passengers.

Ali Al-Fozan, Wataniya Airways board chairman, said the airline sought to create job opportunities for the Kuwaiti youth “to take over the company’s command positions in near future”.

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Posted by: ahmed

Will this airline fly out of Sheik Saad Terminal which was a major draw when they were operational? If so, will they share the terminal with Flydubai? I know when travelling to Kuwait, I only fly Flydubai because they fly into this terminal, so I can avoid their horrendous main terminal.

Posted by: john

Yes, the million dollar question is will Wataniya Airways fly out of Sheik Saad Terminal? It would be better for that terminal to be utilised more as restaurants generally sit empty by adding more airlines to the terminal not having it utilised by one airline especially considering the conditions of the main terminal which is unacceptable for any country.

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