Monday, October 30, 2017

Wataniya Airways to fly to Nepal in November

Wataniya Airways is flying to Kathmandu connecting Kuwait for the first time from November.
Wataniya Airways of Kuwait has been granted permission to operate flights to Nepal, according to the Tourism Ministry. "It will be the first airline from Kuwait to serve Kathmandu when it begins flights by November."
There is no direct air connection between Nepali and Kuwait and currently travelers have to travel via Saudi Arabia. "Wataniya that will be operating a daily flight has received an operating authorisation today,” said under-secretary at the Tourism Ministry Pramod Nepal. "The service is expected to benefit Nepali migrant workers in Kuwait,” he said, adding that a direct flight is also expected to make travelling cheaper. "The flight is also likely to increase tourist movement from Kuwait to Nepal."
Nepal and Kuwait signed an air service agreement (ASA) in January 2006. The Wataniya Airways that has resumed its services in July after ceasing operations in 2011, t had closed after three years in the business due to its financial problem and political instability in the Middle East.
The airways is also planning to fly to various other destinations – including Egypt, the UAE, Lebanon, Jordan, Iran, India, Pakistan and Europe – except Kathmandu. It operates two narrow-body Airbus A320s and plans to launch services to 16 destinations, the airlines said.
Since Kuwait is the fifth biggest employer of Nepali workers, the direct flight might help Nepali migrant workers make their trip easy. According to the Department of Foreign Employment, in the last fiscal year, some 12,507 Nepalis received permits to work in Kuwait. In 2015-16, some 10,049 Nepali job aspirants left for Kuwait.

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