Kuwait’s Jazeera Airways has converted its car parking facilities normally used for passengers into a drive-through Covid-19 testing centre to be used by the country’s health ministry.
Jazeera Airways’ design and engineering team reconfigured the facility to comply with the requirements of the local health authorities.
The airline’s chairman, Marwan Boodai, said: “Our Park & Fly facility was an ideal location and scale to build the testing center and equip it to the needs of the Ministry of Health.
“We are very thankful to be able to contribute in every way possible to the tremendous efforts made by the State of Kuwait to combat the virus. Our assets and human resources are at the disposal of Kuwait.”
A second drive-through testing facility is being constructed by Jazeera Airways at the Jaber Al-Ahmad national stadium.
Kuwait was one of the first countries in the Middle East to go into lockdown and suspend passenger flights.
Since lockdown started, the airline has operated repatriation and cargo-only flights used its narrow-body fleet.
Its entire fleet of 14 A320 aircraft was made available cargo-only flights with a capacity of 15 tonnes per aircraft.
The airline quickly secured approval from Kuwait’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation to carry cargo in the main cabin.