By Ruchi Schroff
Air traffic at Kuwait International Airport grew 6% in 2012 compared to the previous year, the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) has reported, citing Nabil al-Zamel, deputy director of civil aviation.
More than 8.9 million passengers passed through the airport in 2012, compared to 8.5 million in 2011, a 5% increase. Al-Zamel added that more than 85,567 flights were recorded in 2012 compared to 85,117 flights in the previous year. Air cargo volumes reached 181 million kg in 2012.
Al-Zamel added that the growth at the airport had come at a time of global economic slowdown mainly due to Kuwait's open skies policy, bilateral agreements and streamlining of services. This encouraged carriers to add new routes to the country. In the last year, Bahrain Air, Iran's Zagros Air, Thailand's Jet Asia, Qatar Airways, Flydubai, Gulf Air, Turkish Airlines, Egypt Air and Emirates increased flights to Kuwait.