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Kuwait’s Wataniya Airways to start daily flight to Nepal from November 29

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KATHMANDU — Kuwait’s Wataniya Airways is all set to operate direct flights from Kuwait City to Kathmandu and Kathmandu-Kuwait City starting November 29 with narrow-body Airbus A320s to cater growing travel demand with Nepali migrant workers going to the oil-rich country.

Civil Aviation Ministry has given operating authorisation to Wataniya on October 30. The direct service is expected to benefit Nepali migrant workers in Kuwait as Kuwait-bound Nepali travellers currently have to go via Saudi Arabia as there is no direct air connection.

Nepal and Kuwait signed an air service agreement (ASA) in January 2006.

Wataniya flights will land at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) at 11 pm and depart at 12 midnight. The airline, which currently has two narrow-body Airbus A320s, plans to have a total of 50-60 aircraft by 2025.

Just last Tuesday, Wataniya had announced a $2.68 billion deal with Airbus to purchase 25 A320neo aircraft as the carrier plans to expand its network around the world, according to media reports.

Wataniya plans to launch services to 16 destinations in Egypt, the UAE, Lebanon, Jordan, Iran, India, Pakistan and Europe.

Kuwait is the fifth biggest employer of Nepali workers, according to the Department of Foreign Employment.

12,507 Nepalis received permits to work in Kuwait in the last fiscal year. In 2015-16, the number of job aspirants totalled 10,049 individuals.

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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