By Andy Sambidge
Jazeera Airways, Kuwait Airways step in after Wataniya ceases operations due to financial crisis
Wataniya Airways, which ceased operations on Wednesday, has announced that guests stranded in Dubai, Beirut, Cairo, with return tickets to Kuwait, can fly on Jazeera Airways and Kuwait Airways with the same tickets.
Passengers have to show a printed copy of their itinerary or ticket to be able to travel on the alternate flights upon seat availability without any extra charges, the company said in a statement.
Jazeera Airways will also carry Wataniya Airways passengers stranded in Istanbul starting from March 27, which is when Jazeera Airways starts its seasonal Istanbul schedule, the statement added.
Abdulsalam Al Bahar, chairman and managing director of Wataniya Airways, said: “We are working closely with other carriers to secure return of our guests in Vienna where possible and will announce any new developments as soon as they’re confirmed.
"I ask our guests to continue monitoring our website wataniyaairways.com for the latest updates on the company’s situation."
Wataniya Airways said it was stopping its operations due to its financial situation and regional unrest.
The statement also blamed a "lack of fair trade requirements in the local market" for its decision, without elaborating.
A message on its website read: "We would like to inform you that...Wataniya Airways has ceased all its operations and will now enter a process to determine the future of the company.
Guests outside Kuwait who cannot book an alternative flight or those in Kuwait with existing Wataniya Airways ticket or holiday package and wish to make a claim for a refund, should register the claim through the web by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wataniya Airways offices are now closed but guests can get all their updates from the company website.