Mar 11 2009

Kuwait airport's private terminal facility opened

KUWAIT: The prestigious Sheikh Saad General Aviation Terminal, the private terminal facility of the Kuwait International Airport was launched yesterday under the patronage of HH the Crown Prince, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. The inaugural ceremony was organized by Wataniya Airways and Royal Aviation . The ceremony was also attended by Jassem Al-Khorafi, Speaker of the National Assembly, HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah, and other senior government officials from different authorities. The guests were taken on a short tour to one of the aircrafts.

The Sheikh Saad terminal is the first of its kind in Kuwait and one of the country's landmark projects that was completed in May 2008. It is fully equipped to handle all types of private and commercial aircraft, and is designed to provide the highest possible level of service to passengers who use the facility.

The passenger who flies with Wataniya airways will be able to leave the airport within five minutes after it lands. This is due to the fact that only one commercial flight operates here at this terminal (the Wataniya airways). In addition, there are only some private and business charters that operate here," George Cooper, the CEO of Wataniya Airways told Kuwait Times yesterday.

Those who are new to the country may be find it difficult to reach the Sheikh Saad terminal, "It is easy to reach here. We have signs and boards that lead people to the terminal. Also, we have a map on our website. More people are getting familiar with the place. Even if they reach the Kuwait International Airport, we have to shuttle them here, so they won't get lost," added Cooper.

The name of this terminal was chosen carefully."This terminal is named in honor of HH, the late Sheikh Saad Al-Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah and is a fitting tribute to a man who was known for his kindness and generosity, and his tireless efforts to help Kuwait develop and prosper," noted Mubarak Al-Mascati, Royal Aviation Chairman.

This terminal is a landmark for Kuwait International Airport. "It symbolizes the progress and maturity of Kuwait, and as such, I'm sure that Father Amir would have been proud of this prestigious facility," Al-Mascati added.

The terminal is managed by Royal Aviation Company, a subsidiary of Kuwait National Airways which also owns Wataniya Airways . It is deemed one of the best private aviation facilities in the world.

Wataniya Airways , Kuwait's new premium service airline also commenced its scheduled flights to and from the Sheik Saad Terminal on the 24 January. This is the first time that a commercial airline has used the special facilities of this terminal as its exclusive arrival and departure hub. Spacious and modern in design, the terminal is designed to deliver peace of mind and tranquility to travelers' often busy and hectic journeys.

The passenger will enjoy the special experience. "We are dedicated toward extending to our guests, an extraordinary travel experience that represents the ' Wataniya Airways Difference'- the ease and convenience of the Sheikh Saad Terminal is one of the important components that will help distinguish their journey with us and define a new era of pleasurable air travel to and from Kuwait for both our First Class and Premium Economy guests," said Abdulsalam Al-Bahar, Wataniya Airways Chairman.

We are delighted to have been granted the privilege of using this special terminal as our hub from which we connect directly to Dubai, Beirut, Cairo and Bahrain; we are also deeply honored to have HH the Crown Prince share our celebration to officially inaugurate the facility," he added.

Currently flying to four destinations, Wataniya Airways will soon enlarge its fleet. "We will receive a new carrier next May, then another one next October. We are satisfied with how the market shares are developing. We haven't decided about increasing the number of daily flights to the four available destinations as it depends on the demand," said Cooper.

Wataniya Airways is providing a different service. "We set up this company to provide premium services at normal market fares. We think there is a wide gap in this part, so we want to provide value for those who are willing to pay a little more. We are trying to bring back old memories to the passengers by making flying a special experience," explained Cooper.

Located in the Subhan area of Kuwait International Airport, the Sheikh Saad Terminal brings local a friendly local ambience. The terminal boasts of comprehensive services and facilities like valet, concierge and extended hospitality services, shaded parking spaces, a dedicated immigration and security personnel plus lounges with wireless internet for all passengers. The terminal building which cost an estimated KD 16 million to build, is designed to provide premium services to travelers in an area that covers 130,000 square meters.

By Nawara Fattahova

© Kuwait Times 2009

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