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Jazeera Airways takes off to London Gatwick

Posted 28 October 2019 · Add Comment

Jazeera Airways yesterday took off in its first flight “J9 1” to London with its newest A320neo aircraft, becoming the first Low-Cost Carrier in the Middle East to fly to the United Kingdom. The flight also marks the first new service to the UK from Kuwait in 55 years.

 

Jazeera Airways flights land at London Gatwick Airport South Terminal where access to the Gatwick Express train connects passengers directly to central London.

Michael Davenport MBE, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the State of Kuwait, said: “We are proud of this new service made possible by the new Air Services Agreement signed last year between Britain and Kuwait. The launch coincides with our celebration to mark 120th anniversary of the Kuwaiti-British Treaty of Friendship.

"Britain and Kuwait are long-lasting partners, allies and friends, as we continue to broaden and deepen our relations in areas such as energy, education, healthcare and security. Trade and investment between our two countries are flourishing. The private sector in both countries have a big role to play in supporting these growing relations. 

"More Kuwaitis are studying at British universities than ever before. More than 6,000 at the last count. Many of them receive visits from their friends and families in Kuwait. Britain is the most popular travel destination for residents of Kuwait. Britain, with its 28 UNESCO World Heritage sites and eight dedicated heritage cities, as well as 10 national parks, offers a vast array of places to explore. For many Kuwaitis, Britain’s cities are a second home – not only London, but Manchester, Cardiff, Milton Keynes, and Glasgow. Last year, we welcomed over 150,000 Kuwaiti in Britain. Attracted by Britain’s world-class luxury shopping, stunning countryside, unique cities and a vibrant calendar of cultural festivals and sporting events – not just premier league.

"The UK is also a founding nation of the Airbus consortium and one of the company’s four home markets. I am therefore honoured to welcome here this morning my French and German colleagues. Building on a proud 100-year British aviation heritage, every wing on Airbus commercial aircraft is designed and manufactured in the UK. 

"I congratulate Jazeera Airways on this landmark flight to London and welcome all passengers from Kuwait to Britain on board its new A320neo aircraft.”

Yousef Sulaiman Al Fouzan, director general of Kuwait’s Directorate General for Civil said: “We are pleased to take part of the launch of the first Jazeera Airways flight to UK. We believe in the role of the private sector in supporting the aviation sector. Flights to London is the first of six other destinations planned by Jazeera Airways, and support the DGCA’s vision to increase air traffic to and from Kuwait International Airport. We wish more success to Kuwaiti airlines as the DGCA continues to provide its support to lift the position of the State of Kuwait in the aviation industry under the leadership of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, his Crown Prince and the Government.”

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