By Sara Anabtawi
Operations recommenced at state-carrier following end of strike action
State-run carrier Kuwait Airways has resumed flights following the end of strike action by workers calling for better pay, it was reported today.
Official news agency KUNA said that operations had recommenced based on instructions by the Kuwaiti Prime
Minister to the board of Kuwait Airways Corporation (KAC).
Yousef Al-Humaidi, chairman of the board at
KAC, said that the demands by the airline employees’
labour union, notably pay rises, must go through legal channels and should not harm the carrier financially.
At present, there is a sufficient number of
staff at the airport to operate all scheduled flights for this evening, which
are based on plans setup previously, he added.
“An emergency 35-member team representing
various departments in the company has been working during the strike, ready
for the call to end the strike and restart operation schedule,” Al-Humaidi
Al-Humaidi also showed his sorrow to
passengers for the cancellation of flights, reassuring them that providing all
their necessary needs is important.
Flights set for this evening include Dhaka,
Colombo, Madras, Cairo, Delhi, Islamabad, Bangkok, and Manila.
Additional flights will be back as regular
starting tomorrow morning.
Privatise the carrier!!!! Most residents in Kuwait refuse to fly this carrier, because the planes are run-down, the service is poor and the ill-treatment that they endure as a passenger. I think one point that was highlighted through this strike is that there needs to be an increase in Indian carriers into this market. The majority of the customers serviced by this airlines are from the sub-continent who are lured by cheaper direct flights and higher luggage weightage allowances and this market seems to be what is holding up this carrier. Everytime this state-funded carrier lands in a foreign country, it represents the government of Kuwait and if this carrier is flying on it's last wing, it represents the status of this government and this affects national pride. Although the airline would have to be streamlined in order to increase profitability with the privatisation process, an upgrade to this carrier would be in the best interest to this entire nation and it's people.