Kuwait International Airport
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- Airlines currently operating to this airport with scheduled services
- Air Arabia
Air Arabia Egypt
Air India Express
Ariana Afghan Airlines
Cargolux Airlines International
DHL International Aviation ME
Iran Aseman Airlines
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Middle East Airlines
Pakistan International Airlines
Shaheen Air International
- Airlines currently operating to this airport via codeshare
- Air Canada
CSA Czech Airlines
Delta Air Lines
Royal Air Maroc
South African Airways
Kuwait International Airport is located in Farwiniyah and is the main gateway to Kuwait City. Hosting regional and international passenger and cargo services for over 25 airlines, the airport is a hub for Kuwait Airways, Jazeera Airways, Wataniya Airways and LoadAir.
Location of Kuwait International Airport, Kuwait
Ground Handlers servicing Kuwait International Airport
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Regional political uncertainty and social turmoil have not been able to stop low-cost carriers in the Middle East from reporting another profitable six months. Two of the region’s key privately owned LCCs, the Sharjah-based Air Arabia and the Kuwait-based Jazeera Airways, have both posted strong profits in 1H2013.
In addition to this, the region’s other two LCCs, the privately owned nasair and the emirate of Dubai-controlled flydubai are anticipating profitable full year results. flydubai reported a maiden profit in 2012 and is looking to continue this momentum into 2013.
nasair has not yet reported a break-even year, despite being launched in 2007, but a restructuring in late 2012 has already seen the carrier reporting profits on a monthly basis.
Kuwait aviation poised to deliver at last, but Kuwait Airways restructure, airport upgrade essential
After a rough two decades for Kuwait Airways, there are signs that the carrier could be finally at the beginning of a major turn-around.
The decks are cleared for a new take-off.
In Jan-2013 the Kuwait parliament gave its final sign-off for the carrier’s privatisation legislation and agreed to pay off its heavy losses. An agreement on fleet renewal, at least a decade overdue, appears to be close to fruition after the failure of several agreements in recent years. And the airline has also settled its long-running dispute with Iraqi Airways over war reparations, with a USD500 million settlement also ratified by the Kuwaiti National Assembly.
Cebu Pacific’s new low-cost long-haul unit plans to initially focus on Middle Eastern and regional markets as it works towards launching services with 436-seat A330-300s by Jul-2013. Dubai will be the Philippine carrier’s first long-haul route and will likely be followed by service to Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in 2014. But Cebu Pacific over the medium to long-term also aims to use its new fleet of A330s to serve Australia and potentially Hawaii.
Cebu Pacific will become Asia’s fourth low-cost long-haul carrier, joining Jetstar, AirAsia X and Scoot. But Cebu Pacific is implementing a different strategy with an all-economy product and focus on point-to-point traffic. This reflects the different dynamics of the Philippine market, particularly its large overseas population.
In a landmark development for their national carriers, Kuwait and Iraq have reached an agreement to the long running dispute over Iraqi Airways' debts to Kuwait Airways. The USD500 million settlement ends a conflict which has plagued the development of both airlines and also paves the way for the development of a joint Iraqi-Kuwaiti airline venture.
The two countries have initialled a final settlement agreement, under which Iraq agreed to pay Kuwait USD300 million in reparations over the destruction and seizure of Kuwait Airways assets during the 1990-1991 Gulf War. In addition, Iraq pledged to provide another USD200 million for a joint airline venture between the two nations. The funds for the joint venture will be paid in 1H2013. It is not yet clear what the new joint venture carrier will look like or what roles Kuwait Airways and Iraqi Airways will play in its establishment.
Kuwait’s Aviation Lease and Finance Company (ALAFCO) has finalised a purchase order for 50 A320neo family aircraft and took options for 30 more aircraft to be finalised by year-end. The aircraft will be powered by Pratt & Whitney’s PW1100G engine. The order is another big step for the Middle East’s largest leasing company, which now has a fleet of 48 owned and managed aircraft.
The order kicks off what is expected to be another successful year for the leasing company. ALAFCO recently reported a net profit of KWD47 million (USD171.2 million) for the year to 30-Sep-2011, a 335% increase over the KWD10.8 million profit in the previous year. Profit per share also more than quadrupled, up from 14 Kuwaiti fils per share to 60 fils per share. The profits were driven by a combination of the lessor’s expansion and exceptional gains realised through the adjustment of purchase agreements with aircraft manufacturers.
It is a hard ask to sell a product that is losing money, but that is what the Kuwait Government has been attempting to do with the privatisation of Kuwait Airways Corporation (KAC). Despite the carrier’s inherent potential – a potential amplified by its position as the national carrier of one of the Gulf regions’ riches oil states – the airline was always going to be a tough sell to investors.
Legislation for the privatisation has been in play since Jul-2008, but privatisation appeared to be largely stuck in red tape. In concert with this, the delays to the valuation and financial analysis of the airline, the state of competition in Kuwait’s local air market and the general global economic situation and the ongoing operational and structural problems at the carrier, all conspired against the process.
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