Kuwait traffic up


Kuwait's international airport handled two per cent more passengers in 2001 compared to 2000 despite a fall in airline passenger traffic worldwide following the September 11 attacks in the United States.

A Civil Aviation report said the number of passengers who used the Kuwait International Airport in 2001 rose to 3,824,389 compared with 3,747,374 in the previous year.

During 2001, the airport handled 111,385 tonnes of cargo - 80,000 tonnes incoming and 31,385 outgoing - compared with 112,479 tonnes in 2000.

The report said state-owned Kuwait Airways Corporation (KAC) had the largest share of traffic last year with 57 per cent of passengers, 45 per cent of flights and 56 per cent of freight.