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COVID-19: The variety of passengers in Kuwait will increase from 15.4 million in 2019 to three.8 million in 2020

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Kuwait Worldwide Airport recorded a 300% drop in passenger numbers in 2020 in comparison with the earlier 12 months.
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Kuwait: Because of journey restrictions and lockdowns imposed following the COVID-19 pandemic, Kuwait Worldwide Airport noticed an enormous lower in passenger numbers in 2020 in comparison with the earlier 12 months, reported native media.

The Director of the Air Transport Division of the Normal Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Abdullah Al Rajhi, identified that in 2019, a complete of 15.448 million passengers traveled to and from Kuwait. Then in 2020, that quantity decreased from 11.57 million to three.875 million passengers.

Al Rajhi identified that of the 52 firms working on the airport, solely 47 of them are nonetheless working.

By implementing strict well being measures on passengers, Al Rajhi defined that the variety of detected COVID-19 instances launched into the nation by vacationers stays low. He mentioned that of the three,000 home staff who arrived in Kuwait in current months, solely 5 instances of COVID-19 have been detected.

Airport closure

The airport has undergone a number of modifications over the previous 12 months, from one-month closures to lowered variety of passengers per day.

The primary airport cease was on March 13, 2020 on account of rising worry of the unfold of the COVID-19 virus. On August 1, after a five-month hiatus, the airport reopened however with new well being measures in place. Most notable was, and nonetheless is, the ban on prohibiting passengers from 35 “high-risk international locations” from touring on to Kuwait.

Then on December 21, Kuwait closed its airport, together with its land and sea borders, on account of rising concern concerning the new pressure of COVID rising within the UK and Europe. Two weeks later, the airport was reopened, however a quota was put in place in order that not more than 1,000 passengers may arrive in Kuwait per day.

As of February 7, non-Kuwaitis haven’t been allowed to enter Kuwait till additional discover.

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