Jazeera Airways has launched direct flights to Karachi.
The Kuwaiti low-cost airline will start serving Pakistan’s most populous city with a weekly service from November 21.
The new service is the first in two decades between Kuwait and Karachi and the second for the airline to Pakistan.
Jazeera Airways CEO, Rohit Ramachandran, said: “The launch comes as part of our strategy to cater to the large expatriates and business communities in Kuwait as well as connect customers from our network to popular business, tourism and religious destinations in the Middle East and Europe through Kuwait.”
In 2018, Kuwaiti exports to Pakistan crossed the $1.5 billion mark, mainly driven by oil exports, and exports from Pakistan to Kuwait reached $180 million. While Kuwait is home to over 130,000 Pakistani citizen.
Commenting on behalf of the Embassy of Pakistan in Kuwait, the Chargé d’Affaires, Ashar Shahzad, said: “Currently, there are no direct flights between Kuwait and Karachi. We are hopeful that the new direct route will enhance trade, political, social and cultural relationship between the two countries.”
The scheduled flights leave on Thursdays from Kuwait on flight J9 507 at 10pm local time and return from Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport on flight J9 508 at 3:30am the next day (Friday).
The total duration of the flight is two hours and 45 minutes from Kuwait to Karachi, and three hours and 30 minutes from Karachi to Kuwait.
Fares start from KD32 for a one-way flight on Economy Class and KD71 for a return flight on the same class.