Capacity growth for India

HE Jasem Ibrahem JM Al Najem, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait, shares his vision for enhancing the bilateral relationship between India and Kuwait.

Kalpana Lohumi

India and Kuwait share a strong relationship but, unfortunately, it does not come across the way it should, says Ambassador Al Najem, as he describes that his main role would be to strengthen ties between the two countries through business, investment, and trade. “The trade between the countries is close to US$ 6 billion, which is including oil products. In my opinion, the PPP model has been successful in India and we can push our sectors to do the same,” he shares.

In order to enhance the bilateral trade between India and Kuwait, Ambassador Al Najem says that he looks forward to meeting representatives of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, so they can assist them in their plan to increase the number of weekly seats between 0ctober and April, the time when residents of Kuwait visit India.

“Since 2007, the number of travellers from Kuwait to India has reached one million, hence, increasing the number of seats is crucial. We must work together to promote tourism between the two countries, with arrivals to India focused on medical tourism. Kuwaitis also love to visit India for natural therapy and shopping, and Delhi and Mumbai are important cities for them,” he shares.

Strength in numbers

  • Kuwait Airways has more than 40 destinations worldwide, with a fleet size of 25 aircraft (10 B777s, five A330s and 10 A320s). By the end of 2019, the fleet size will touch 28 aircraft.
  • Kuwait Airways has a brand-new dedicated terminal at Kuwait for a seamless and convenient experience.
  • The airline operates from Thiruvananthapuram, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Delhi, and Mumbai, with 54 flights a week each side.

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