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Kuwait to increase airport capacity to 5,000 arrivals

Business Kuwait City 09 Jul 21
Kuwait to increase airport capacity to 5,000 arrivals
Kuwait's airport will increase its capacity to 5,000 arriving passengers per day, Kuwait's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) announced Wednesday.
Event Location
kuwait, Kuwait
Kuwait City
Start Time
09 July 2021, 12:00 AM
End Time
31 July 2021, 12:00 AM

KUWAIT Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said it increased the daily capacity of operation for arrivals to 5,000 passengers yesterday as it prepares for the expected influx of residents who have been barred from returning to Kuwait since early March.

Expatriates have been allowed to return to the country from August 1 provided they have valid residencies and have taken two doses of vaccines approved by Kuwait.

Yousef Al-Fawzan, DGCA Director General, said in a press statement that the keenness of the airport authorities to implement health procedures for all passengers, pointing out that the operational capacity of flights has been raised to about 67 departing and arriving flights daily.
In addition, Al-Fawzan indicated that the airport is ready to receive vaccinated non-Kuwaitis following the recent decision of the government, starting from Aug. 1.

Meanwhile, the Kuwaiti Health Ministry said on Wednesday that there are only specific laboratories abroad are allowed to conduct PCR tests for passengers before arriving in Kuwait.

In a statement posted on its Twitter account, the ministry however did not name those labs. The names should be confirmed with airlines in the passengers' respective countries. The ministry said a technical team from the ministry will scrutinize the PCR certificates before uploading them to its platforms.

Abdullah Al-Sanad, spokesman of the ministry, said that any test certificate from unauthorized labs will not be accepted.

On June 17, the Kuwaiti government decided to lift the entry ban for vaccinated non-Kuwaitis starting from August.

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