Kuwait Airways has added six new European airports in 12 months including Amsterdam and Madrid
Kuwait Airways is currently the 12th biggest carrier between Europe and the Middle East as measured by available seats in July 2022. It ranks just behind Wizz Air and Ryanair (which serves Amman and Tel Aviv) but ahead of Royal Jordanian, Gulf Air and Oman Air. While total seat capacity between the two regions is still down 20% (according to analysis of Cirium schedule data) Kuwait Airways has increased its capacity in the last three years by 26%.
Heathrow is #1 for ASKs
This July, Kuwait Airways is serving 19 European destinations with non-stop flights. In addition, it serves Madrid via Malaga. As measured by ASKs (Available Seat Kilometres), Heathrow is the airline’s biggest route by a considerable margin. However, with 12 weekly flights it is beaten by Istanbul IST (with 14 weekly flights) in terms of highest frequency service. The only other route served at least daily is Istanbul SAW.
Since the start of the pandemic, it has launched several new routes to Europe from its Kuwait City hub:
- Sarajevo on 30 June 2021
- Amsterdam on 8 September 2021
- Manchester on 1 May 2022
- Izmir on 6 June 2022
- Mykonos on 6 June 2022
- Madrid (via Malaga) on 11 June 2022
Of the 79 weekly flights between Kuwait and Europe, the airline operates 26 of them with 777-300ERs, 24 with A330-200s, 18 with A320s and seven with A330-800s.