Kuwait plans limited flights from banned countries
Kuwait plans limited flights for its citizens from a number of countries with which it has halted flights for more than four months now to curb the spread of the coronavirus, a local media report disclosed today.
Instructions have been made to open ticket reservations for flights from the banned countries for Kuwaiti nationals, their first-degree relatives and domestic workers, Al Anba newspaper said, citing what it described as well-informed sources.
The flights will be operated by the state carrier, the Kuwait Airways, they added. The sources have asked the Kuwaitis present in the banned countries to reserve tickets for flights, without giving specific dates.
In August, Kuwait announced banning direct flights from dozens of “high-risk” countries until further notice over COVID-19 concerns.
The ban includes India, Pakistan, Egypt, and the Philippines that have large communities of expatriates in Kuwait.
On Saturday, Kuwait resumed international flights, ending their suspension and the closure of its land sea borders that took effect on December 21 to prevent the spread of a new strain of COVID-19.
However, Kuwait continues to enforce its ban on flights with 35 countries on health grounds. The United Kingdom was the latest country added to the list, after the new fast-moving variant of the virus was detected there.