By Staff writer
Kuwait national carrier introduced stopover at Shannon Airport for security screening due to renovation work at Kuwait International Airport
Kuwait Airways is set to double its transit service to New York through Ireland’s Shannon Airport from the end of October.
In June Kuwait Airways announced that its weekly flights to New York would include a stopover at Shannon Airport as part of security precautions.
The three times weekly service from Kuwait, changed as part of coordination between Kuwaiti and American authorities, now incorporates passenger and baggage screening at Shannon Airport, but does not include picking up of any passengers during the Irish stopover.
It was rolled out on an initial four-month period due to renovation work at Kuwait International Airport, but has now been extended until February 15 with an increase to six times weekly from October 31, according to the Irish Times.
Shannon Group’s chief commercial officer Andrew Murphy told the newspaper that it was “good news” for Shannon.
“Not alone in that it is additional business for the airport but it illustrates again Shannon’s suitability as a transit stop for long-haul services between the Middle East and the US but also other east-west routes,” he said.
“Kuwait Airways originally looked at this as a temporary service and we are very encouraged by the fact that they have decided not alone to extend it to February but to double frequencies to daily services, except for Sundays.
“Shannon has an excellent reputation for efficient and quick handling of all transit aircraft. We see opportunities to grow this side of the business and Kuwait Airways’ decision to extend and increase frequencies on their service further validates this.”