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Commercial flights to resume gradually upon government approval

22 May 2020

The Kuwait Civil Aviation Authority will gradually resume commercial flights on receiving government approval.

The country has suspended all international flights to and from Kuwait since 13th March to curb the spread of coronavirus, with exception of repatriation flights.

The re-opening plan will be done in three phases, said a representative of the Directorate General of CAA, Saad Al-Oteibi.

The Kuwait International airport will begin 20 to 30 percent of operations during the first phase, and make it 60 percent in the second, Al-Oteibi said, without mentioning a specific timeframe.

The authorities in the airport will implement stringent measures including use of thermal cameras, maintaining social distancing protocols, creating new seating arrangement within planes and making changes within the airport, he said.

The Health Ministry explained that the current spike in daily cases are due to increased testing. The country has so far reported a total of 18,609 cases, 5202 recoveries and 129 deaths.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries.