Muscat, Jan 6 – The Kuwait airport handled 130 additional flights (80 from Oman and 50 from UAE) in the past two days carrying 27,607 passengers, its Directorate-General of Civil Aviation said on Saturday. Oman’s budget airline, SalamAir also took part in the exercise. Kuwait’s local agency KUNA, citing a top official, praised the roles of various stakeholders who facilitated the movement of guests to and from Kuwait during Gulf Cup tournament which concluded on Friday. The Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) lauded the efforts of all stakeholders in the civil aviation sector for providing extra flights to transport the Omani fans for the tournament.
For the finals, Oman Air announced nine flights, which added up to 1,790 seats. One aircraft took off from Salalah. The company also arranged holiday packages to Kuwait, including airport transfers, daily breakfast buffets and two nights’ accommodation on a twin-sharing basis. SalamAir added eight flights to Kuwait — six from Muscat and one each from Salalah and Suhar. Several companies had stepped in to sponsor these additional flights for the Gulf Cup.