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Kuwaiti Carriers Plan to Expand Their Network

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In order to expand travel possibilities between Spain, Kuwait, and other destinations, Kuwait Airways, and Air Europa have struck a codeshare arrangement.

Air Europa will place its code on Kuwait Airways’ three weekly flights between Kuwait City (KWI) and Madrid as part of the new arrangement, which will take effect in the coming months (MAD). Service from KWI to Amsterdam (AMS), Milan Malpensa (MXP), and Rome Fiumicino is also included (FCO).

On Air Europa flights from Madrid to Cancun (CUN), Miami (MIA), Sao Paulo (GRU), and Bogota (BOG), as well as on short-haul flights to Porto (OPO), Lisbon (LIS), and Marrakech (RAK) in Portugal, Kuwait Airways will add its code. Several domestic services in Spain are also covered by the agreement.

In June, Kuwait Airways began operating its inaugural flights to Madrid, using a triangle route that also included the well-known Spanish vacation destination Malaga (AGP). On the other hand, nonstop Airbus A320neo flights between Kuwait and Madrid have started operating as of September 16.

Jazeera Airways, a rival Kuwaiti airline, has announced intentions to open a second route to Uzbekistan a year after beginning service to the nation’s capital Tashkent (TAS). Beginning on October 13, operations to Namangan (NMA), a city in eastern Uzbekistan near to the Kyrgyzstan border, will take place three times weekly.

“This is the first direct route to be launched from the Middle East to Namangan, giving access to growing trade relations and more tourist options in this part of eastern Uzbekistan,” Jazeera Airways CEO Rohit Ramachandran said.

“Namangan is known for being a center for light industry, especially in food, in addition to its historical landmarks and cultural experiences that distinguish Uzbekistan.”

The second Middle Eastern route to the Uzbek city to be announced in as many weeks is the new Namangan line. Starting on September 24, Flydubai will offer twice-weekly service between Dubai (DXB) and NMA on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

The anticipated debut of Jazeera Airways comes shortly after the airline announced the addition of two new routes to India and the expansion of its network into China with service to Xi’an.

Flights from Kuwait to Xi’an Xianyang International (XIY) started on Sept. 19, initially operating every fortnight, moving to a weekly service “in the near future.” The route includes a technical stop at Bishkek (FRU) in Kyrgyzstan for refueling, using an A320neo aircraft.

The LCC will start operating between Kuwait and Thiruvananthapuram (TRV) on October 30. Operations to Bengaluru will begin on November 3. (BLR). Both of the new India lines will have twice-weekly service.

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