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.Follow @gorkhapost
7 injured in Dhading truck-microbus collision
DHADING — Seven passengers were injured after a microbus and a truck collided head-on at Baireni in Galchhi rural municipality-6, Dhading on Thursday morning.
The cement loaded truck(Na 5 Kha 7386) en route to Kathmandu from Gajuri collided with the microbus(Ga 1 Kha 2966) coming from Pokhara from Kathmandu.
Driver of microbus along with other six have sustained injuries. Other injured are Ramendra Bishwokarma and Purna Kumari Gurung of Syangja, Aasha Gurung, Aarapi Gurung and Bibek Poudel of Kathmandu, Anju Chaudhary of Kaski and Suman Gurung of Lamjung, according to Area Police Office, Gajuri.Follow @gorkhapost