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Mon 25 Jan 2010 07:08 AM

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Wataniya lifts 250,000 passengers in first year

Kuwaiti airline chief says 2010 will see more routes added, three new aircraft leased.

Wataniya lifts 250,000 passengers in first year
FIRST YEAR: Wataniya Airways has lifted more than 250,000 passengers in its first year.

Kuwait's newest airline, Wataniya Airways, has said that it transported more than 250,000 passengers in its first year of operations.

The carrier, which flies to eight destinations in the Gulf and the Middle East, held a special ceremony at its headquarters at Sheikh Saad Terminal to mark its first anniversary.

Abdulsalam Al-Bahar, chairman, said the airline was seeking to add more desirable and popular routes in 2010.

Wataniya Airways currently operates flights to Cairo, Beirut, Dubai, Damascus, Oman, Bahrain, Sharm El Sheikh, and Jeddah.

Al-Bahar said in comments published by KUNA News Agency: "More flight routes are to be added to cater to the passengers' needs."

Wataniya Airways has a fleet of four Airbus A 320s, and has inked a deal to rent three new aircraft this year.

The airline's CEO, George Cooper, said passengers were now able to use their mobile phones aboard Wataniya planes, send and receive short messages, and use email through Wataniya online service.

Wataniya Airways operated its first flight on January 24, 2009 to Dubai Airport. The company was listed at Kuwait Stocks Exchange December 15, 2008.

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