Kuwait’s Jazeera Airways has become the first low-cost carrier in the Middle East to fly to the United Kingdom with the launch of its inaugural flight to London.
The company’s newest A320neo aircraft took off from Jazeera Terminal 5 at Kuwait International Airport on Sunday destined for London Gatwick Airport’s South Terminal.
It marks the first new service to the UK from Kuwait in 55 years.
Michael Davenport MBE, the UK Ambassador to Kuwait, said: “More Kuwaitis are studying at British universities than ever before. More than 6,000 at the last count. Many of them receive visits from their friends and families in Kuwait.”
He added: “Last year, we welcomed over 150,000 Kuwaiti in Britain. Attracted by Britain’s world-class luxury shopping, stunning countryside, unique cities and a vibrant calendar of cultural festivals and sporting events – not just premier league.”
The service will operate four times per week initially with the frequency increasing to daily flights from December.
Marwan Boodai, chairman of Jazeera Airways, said the London flight was part of wider expansion plans for the airline.
“We also continue to expand with flights to new underserved or never served destinations from the Middle East, including destinations in Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, KSA, UAE and more,” he said.
The launch coincides with the 120th anniversary of the Kuwaiti-British Treaty of Friendship.