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Kuwait will keep airport at 30% of capacity until further notice

Travellers arrive at Kuwait international Airport, in Farwaniya, about 15kms south of Kuwait City, on 1 August 2020. [YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP via Getty Images]
Travellers arrive at Kuwait international Airport, in Farwaniya, about 15kms south of Kuwait City, on 1 August 2020. [YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP via Getty Images]

Kuwait's government has delayed the second phase of its plan for resuming commercial flights until further notice, the state news agency said on Monday, citing a cabinet decision, keeping the airport's capacity at 30% of pre-pandemic levels, Reuters reports.

The cabinet also ordered Kuwait's Directorate General of Civil Aviation to reduce the number of flights arriving in the country. Kuwait began the first phase of resuming flights in August last year at the reduced capacity, which it had said would last for six months, after which a maximum capacity of 60% was to be allowed.

Kuwait on Sunday reduced the number of daily overseas airline passenger arrivals by 80% to 1,000 to manage the spread of a new coronavirus variant, a source told Reuters.

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