Jazeera Airways Operates Over 60 Repatriation Flights and Flies Home Over 6,800 Kuwaitis

May 12, 2020
As part of the State of Kuwait’s largest repatriation program amidst Covid-19 crisis.

In the largest repatriation program launched by the State of Kuwait since March 25, Jazeera Airways operated over 60 flights bringing home over 6,800 Kuwaiti citizens.  

The repatriation flights extended from Mar. 25 to May 10 and flew citizens flew citizens back from London, Warsaw, Moscow, Yerevan, Riyadh, Manama, Dubai, Doha, Amman, Istanbul, Alexandria, Cairo, Najaf, Tehran, Tbilisi and Sarajevo.

Cargo operations

Since the suspension of commercial flights from and to Kuwait International Airport on March 13, 2020, Jazeera Airways continued to serve companies and institutions with its cargo services ensuring businesses continue to trade goods and equipment without interruption.

23 cargo flights have already been operated with a total of 253.7 tons in cargo from and to Kuwait International Airport, flying to destinations located at a six-hour flight radius from the country.

Certified by Kuwait’s Directorate General for Civil Aviation, Jazeera Airways operates a fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft and has a capacity to carry up to 18 tons in cargo in its cabin and aircraft hold combined. Destination airports is subject to regulatory approvals from the host country.

Special expatriation flights

The airline is also operating expatriation flights that have been scheduled under the directive of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by request from local embassies.

Strict precautionary measures

The airline performs an anti-viral disinfection program in which it sprays the cabins after each flight, as well as fumigates them using anti-viral high pressure disinfection sprays on seats and throughout the cabin. Disinfectant chemicals used are internationally approved and safe for all passengers. The aircraft’s air filters in on-board filtration systems are also replaced frequently, removing dust, allergens, bacteria, viruses and other irritating particles. Constant airflow ensures that the cabin air is refreshed every 90 minutes throughout the flight.

Jazeera Airways’ crew full protective gear which is disinfected before boarding flights. A second disinfection is performed when disembarking.  

Passengers are mandated to wear medical face masks and gloves at all times. Supported by Kuwaiti non-profit organizations, passengers receive a hygiene pack and pre-packed closed food bags to avoid risk of contamination.

Kuwait Passenger Reception Centre (KPRC)

In support of Government efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19, Jazeera Airways built the Kuwait Passenger Reception Centre (KPRC) where blood tests are performed on all passengers before proceeding to institutional or house quarantine. 

KPRC was managed by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Interior and was also designed in coordination with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Ministry of Interior and Kuwait Fire Service Directorate.