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Jazeera Airways launches flights from London Gatwick to Kuwait

Jazeera Airways, Kuwait’s leading low-cost airline, operating regionally and internationally, today announced it will start flying to Kuwait on October 27th, 2019, utilising new A320neo aircraft with daily flights.

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This will be the first new service from the UK to Kuwait in 55 years. In addition to serving Kuwait the flights will provide onward connectivity to Dubai, Bahrain and Doha in the Arabian Gulf and also to New Delhi in India. The Jazeera owned and operated Terminal 5 at Kuwait Airport offers an excellent transit experience.

Speaking of the milestone launch, Jazeera Airways Chairman, Marwan Boodai, said: “Jazeera Airways has been building a great reputation in the Middle East in the low cost airline sector, offering a strong alternative to the legacy airlines. We look forward to serving the UK market, and extending consumer choice to Kuwait and the Gulf, with our value proposition. This is a first for an LCC in the Middle East to fly long-haul, using the A320neo aircraft.”

Commenting on the new service between Kuwait and London, His Excellency Michael Davenport MBE, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the State of 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.”

Stephen King, Gatwick’s Head of Airline Relations, added:

“This important new route to Kuwait City further strengthens Gatwick’s network of connections to the Middle East. It provides exciting new opportunities for Britain to do business with a country at the forefront of the oil, financial services and technology industries. It’s fantastic news that Jazeera Airways has joined Gatwick’s extensive roster of long-haul airlines and we’re really looking forward to welcoming them to the airport in October.”

Jazeera Airways will serve London with a cabin configuration in three classes: Business Class, a new Premium Economy Class and Economy Class. The Business Class offers passengers a 33-inch seat pitch, priority boarding and a complementary inflight meal. The Premium Economy Class offers passengers a 31-inch seat pitch with complimentary meal, while Economy Class offers a 29/30-inch seat pitch. Prices will start from £370 return in Economy, £800 in Premium Economy and £1050 in Business Class.

Kuwait-London flight schedule (local times):

Flight Day From To Depart Arrive
J9-001 1…… KWI LGW 08:40 12:45
J9-002 1…… LGW KWI 13:55 23:15
J9-001 .23…. KWI LGW 08:40 12:45
J9-002 .23…. LGW KWI 13:45 23:05
J9-001 …4… KWI LGW 08:35 12:40
J9-002 …4… LGW KWI 13:45 23:05
J9-001 ….5.. KWI LGW 07:40 11:45
J9-002 ….5.. LGW KWI 14:00 23:20
J9-001 …..6. KWI LGW 11:00 15:05
J9-002 …..6. LGW KWI 16:40 02:00*
J9-001 ……7 KWI LGW 06:45 10:50
J9-002 ……7 LGW KWI 12:35 21:55

*next day arrival

Bookings for the Kuwait-London flights are available at jazeeraairways.com, via the Jazeera App or through travel agents.

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Gatwick publishes its £1.11 billion investment for the next 5 years

Gatwick is today publishing its new five-year Capital Investment Programme (CIP) which highlights more investment in automation and technology as an enabler of sustainable growth.

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New initiatives include robotic parking and automated boarding technology, which will speed up boarding and give passengers more choice about how they spend their time.

Gatwick’s total investment since 2009, combined with this new five-year plan rises to £3.21 billion. Gatwick now serves 46 million passengers a year, and the airport is committed to exploring how to continue growing sustainably, providing jobs and boosting the local economy.

While setting out an exciting long-term future vision is part of Gatwick’s recently published master plan, at the same time the CIP provides a strong focus on improving facilities for passengers and airlines, as well as continuing to enhance operational performance.

The single biggest project to be delivered within the next five years is the Pier 6 western extension which will offer over half a million more North Terminal passengers the opportunity to embark and disembark their aircraft via a jetty-served stand, as well as improved gate waiting areas. The design incorporates automated boarding technology which uses biometrics to process passengers through e-gates straight onto the aircraft. Similar projects successfully run by other VINCI Airports will provide inspiration for the Pier 6 extension’s coffee shops and retail, which will ensure passengers can enjoy these facilities right up to the point of boarding.

Several new projects are identified within this CIP, and some exciting emerging projects that will be explored this year are also highlighted:

New Projects include:

  • Check-in automation – on-going investment in self-service bag drop technology for our airline customers.
  • Significant expansion of both the international departure lounges in both North and South Terminals to create additional space for seating, retail and catering units, toilets and other passenger facilities. 
  • Biometric auto-boarding technology development and next phase of testing.
  • Main runway technology optimisation – new technology such as Time-Based Flow Management, which is already deployed at other UK airports offers the potential to increase the capability of the main runway, creating opportunities for resilience and growth.
  • Rapid Exit Taxiway –a new taxiway which allows aircraft to vacate the runway at the optimum location, enabling the best usage and operational performance. 
  • Baggage auto re-flighting – on rare occasions when bags don’t make a flight connection, the re-flighting process will be automated, allowing it to be sent on without being first retrieved from the system.
  • New car park in the North Terminal to provide 3,250 additional spaces from summer 2021.
  • Robotic car parking – a trial will begin this autumn in South Terminal offering passengers all the benefits of valet parking, without the need to surrender their keys, and making more efficient use of existing car park space. Robotic car parking is already in place at VINCI Airports’ Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport – the experience of which will aid the introduction of this new service at Gatwick.
  • Railway station development – Gatwick will invest £37 million to complement the £150 million that the Department for Transport has committed to upgrade the station. Work starts in spring 2020 and is expected to take two years.
  • Infrastructure to support greater use of electric and hybrid vehicles by passengers and staff, in particular on the airfield.
  • Continued investment in security processing and technology to ensure the airport meets DfT standards, maintains a great passenger experience and operates as efficiently as possible. 

Emerging Projects include:

  • Autonomous vehicles and Mototok – provision of electric and computer driven airside vehicles, including tugs which tow aircraft to stands. 
  • Auto-dock airbridges – exploring jetties or airbridges which do not require an operator to attach them to the aircraft. 
  • Automation of baggage handling – opportunities to utilise new technology in the baggage hall to reduce manual handling of luggage which supports staff wellbeing.
  • A new special assistance airside lounge for the South Terminal, similar to the popular North Terminal facility which opened in 2018.
  • More water fountains and recycling facilities – passengers have told us how important environmental issues are to them and that they value these facilities and would like more of them.

The CIP also continues Gatwick’s strong environmental commitment. By joining VINCI Airports’ global AirPact policy – the first-ever integrated environmental programme in the airport industry – Gatwick will share best practice with the rest of the network on a number of projects in the CIP, notably electric and hybrid vehicles and recycling facilities. 

Gatwick’s Chief Executive Officer, Stewart Wingate said:

“We always put passengers at the heart of our investment plans and it’s great to see how automation and technology can further enhance the passenger experience. The plans explore ways we can grow capacity sustainably, including providing more space in our departure lounges. This investment will support our existing airlines, help attract new airlines and provide an enhanced service for the millions of people who choose to fly from Gatwick.

“We have outlined our long-term growth strategy in our final master plan and the Capital Investment Programme we are sharing today, gives a more detailed view of our short-term plans which will continue to improve our service proposition and lay foundations for the future.”

Nicolas Notebaert, CEO of VINCI Concessions and President of VINCI Airports, said:

Belonging to the world’s most extensive and diversified network of airports is a unique opportunity for each one to get inspiration and capture the best airport management worldwide. As such, Gatwick’s Capital Investment Programme will benefit from sharing best practice through the VINCI Airports’ network and tap into the extensive expertise in programme management, customer experience and innovative new services such as robotic parking.

“We look forward to participating in delivering this great project at Gatwick over the coming years, which is consistent with our global vision of contributing to a more accessible sustainable and passenger-focused experience.”

The Capital Investment Programme is a rolling five-year plan which is published annually. This allows the CIP to be refreshed regularly as market conditions and operational needs change. It is published on the Gatwick website and can be found here. Last month, Gatwick also published its final master plan setting out how the airport could develop in the most sustainable way over the next 15 years. The master plan sets out three key areas to help deliver additional capacity, resilience and improved operational performance at the airport: 1) using new technology to make best use of the main runway; 2) the preparation of a planning application to bring the existing standby runway into routine use; and 3) the continued safeguarding of land should a new runway be required in the longer-term, although Gatwick is no longer actively pursuing plans for an additional runway. The final master plan follows a 12-week consultation period that saw over 5,000 responses from the local community, businesses and other key parties, with two-thirds (66%) of respondents supporting Gatwick ‘making best use of its existing runways’ in line with Government policy.

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