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2010: Yet another year of solid growth for Kuwait


2010 could be a year of unprecedented growth for Kuwaiti aviation, after a very solid increase in 2009. With three home carriers – Kuwait Airways, Jazeera Airways and Wataniya Airways – all crowded into Kuwait International Airport (KIA) and a local open skies policy supporting continuing route development, the country’s growth rates could challenge some of its Gulf Cooperation Council neighbours such as Qatar and the United Arab Emirates this year. In many ways, Kuwait is a leading light for the region, although the progress of reforming Kuwait Airways Corporation (KAC) remains a distinct negative on the national aviation scorecard. [3473 words]

Unlock the following content in this report:


  • Kuwait Airways: The long road to recovery
  • Jazeera Airways: Set to surpass KAC?
  • Wataniya Airways: Filling the top corner of the market
  • Kuwait International Airport: A rising hub in a region of growth

Graphs and data:

  • Kuwait Airways destinations
  • Kuwait Airways’ fleet: Jun-09
  • Kuwait Airways fleet upgrade programme history
  • Jazeera Airways financial performance (KWD): 2006-2008
  • Jazeera Airways quarterly results: 2007-2009
  • Jazeera Airways A320 deliveries
  • Middle East carriers’ A320 seating configurations
  • Kuwait International Airport capacity share (Jan-2010): Kuwaiti carriers
  • Kuwait International Airport passenger traffic: 2004-2009
  • Middle East second tier hub passenger traffic: 2009
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