Emirates is escalating its services between Dubai and Kuwait from the current 11 to 16 flights a week in response to strong demand and preference for its operations.
Starting April 1, this year, Emirates is serving Kuwait with three new flights on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays as well as two flights on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and one flight on Tuesdays.
The new additional flight, EK 859, will depart Dubai every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2035 hrs arriving in Kuwait at 2115 hrs.
Flight EK 860 will return from Kuwait at 2225 hrs reaching Dubai at 0100 hrs the following days.
Emirates will use an Airbus A310-300 on the route in a two class configuration with 21 seats in business and 177 in economy class. This will boost Emirates total seat offering to Kuwait from 3000 to 4,150 per week, an increase of almost 40 per cent.
The new service will also offer an additional 50 tonnes of cargo to this import-intensive country, expanding the total freight payloads available to 215 tonnes per week.
Hamad Obaidalla, senior vice president commercial Gulf, Middle East and Iran at Emirates, said: “We commenced services to Ku-wait in 1989 and the announcement of our new frequency serves to highlight the country’s importance on our route network.”
He added: “Both Dubai and Kuwait are long-standing business partners with well-defined commercial links and have com-menced several long-term projects that encourage travel and trade between the two states. Dubai’s leisure and entertainment facilities, shopping amenities and MICE events are attracting a large number of visitors from Kuwait.”
Emirates new Kuwait frequency will complement the current services that include daily flight, EK 857, which departs Dubai at 1615 hrs and flight EK 855 in a three-class configuration that leaves at 0745 hrs four days a week, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Emirates SkyCargo helps Kuwait import food, construction materials, vehicles, spare parts and other items from the US, Japan, Germany, China, the UK, Italy and France, all countries on the airline’s fast-growing network.