Jazeera increases Kuwait traffic by 14pc


Kuwait - and Dubai-based Jazeera Airways has increased passenger traffic at Kuwait International Airport (KIA) by 14 per cent in the first half of 2007, thereby continuing to fuel the phenomenal growth of the airport.

Passenger traffic at KIA increased by 20 per cent as a whole, with the remaining 6 per cent growth attributable to all other airlines operating to and from the airport.
The 20-month old airline also announced that 50 per cent of its customers had booked their flights on – up 20 per cent from last year, and gained a network market share average of 38.2 per cent in the first half of 2007.
Jazeera Airways chairman and CEO Marwan Boodai said: "So far 2007 is a very exciting year for us.  We grew our fleet, launched our second hub in Dubai, began flights to five new cities, and kept bringing very low fares to travellers.
"But the year is not over yet and we look forward to an even better second half with new hot and sizzling destinations and great low fares."
In February, the airline was the first in the region to open a second hub in Dubai, essentially making it the first and only low-cost airline in the city. Travellers flying from Dubai have the choice of 14 different destinations around the region, with direct flights to Kuwait, Bahrain, Muscat, Salalah, Delhi, Mumbai and Kochi.
The airline is poised for more growth, as it recently increased its order of new Airbus A320's from 10 to 40. All Jazeera Airways aircraft are fitted with its signature leather seats.