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Tue 13 Apr 2010 12:29 PM

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Kuwait's Jazeera set to launch Lahore flights

Low cost airline says it will fly three times a week to Pakistan city from May 12.

Kuwait-based Jazeera Airways on Tuesday announced it would launch non-stop flights to Lahore in May – the airline’s first destination in Pakistan.

Beginning on May 12, Guests can fly three times a week from Kuwait to the capital city known as the cultural heart of Pakistan on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Jazeera Airways CEO, Stefan Pichler said: “This is an important destination for us, specifically enabling those working away from home in Kuwait or the Middle East to travel home and visit family and friends.”

The launch of the Lahore destination comes as part of Jazeera’s recent network expansion, which includes flights this summer to Antalya, Turkey’s hill-top resort, Hurghada, Egypt’s Red Sea diving and beach resort and the green oasis of Salalah in Oman.

Jazeera Airways currently operates a fleet of 11 new Airbus A320s and flies to destinations in the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey, Iran and Pakistan.

On Sunday the airline, which is considering acquisitions, said it plans to raise its capital by 91 percent through a rights issue.

The low-cost airline's board has decided to recommend to shareholders a 20 million dinars ($69.28 million) capital hike by selling additional 200 million shares, it said in a statement on the Kuwaiti bourse.

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