Jazeera Airways will launch daily services to London from October 27 – the first new service to the UK from Kuwait in 55 years.
Kuwait's low-cost airline will serve Gatwick Airport in new A320neo aircraft.
Jazeera Airways chairman, Marwan Boodai, said: “What better way to continue our expansion in 2019 than to announce London as a new destination of the year. This is a first for a low-cost carrier in the Middle East to fly long-haul, using our new A320neo aircraft. We are very excited to be providing our passengers with one of the most popular destinations from Kuwait and the region and we expect high demand for the route.”
Last year Kuwait and Britain signed an Air Services Agreement, which allowed private airlines to fly between the two countries, provided they were officially registered.
Michael Davenport MBE, UK Ambassador to Kuwait, said: “I am delighted to see Jazeera Airways launching this new service between Kuwait and London Gatwick, made possible by the new Air Services Agreement signed last year.
“It is really encouraging, as we mark the 120th Anniversary of the Kuwaiti-British Treaty of Friendship, to see more Kuwaitis visiting Britain and studying at British universities than ever before.”
Jazeera Airways will serve London with a cabin configuration in three classes: business class, a new premium economy class and economy class. Business class offers passengers a 33-inch seat pitch, 50 kilograms in baggage allowance, priority boarding and a complementary inflight meal; premium economy provides a 31-inch seat pitch, while economy offers a 29/30-inch seat pitch.
Hot meals will be provided for the first time on Jazeera flights – complimentary in business class and premium economy, and from the Jazeera Café menu for economy passengers.
Prices will start from KD60 ($197) one-way in economy; KD125 ($411) in premium economy; and KD250 ($822) in business class.