Marwan Boodai, Jazeera Airways Group Chairman
Award winning Jazeera Airways, the largest airline serving the Middle East out of Kuwait, today became the first new airline to launch flights to Cairo following the “January 25” revolution that was led by the Egyptian people and watched on TV screens across the world.
Jazeera Airways kicked off the Kuwait-Cairo route with 10 flights per week, and it is scheduled to increase frequency to the historic Egyptian capital to 21 flights per week starting from June 16.
The airline celebrated the launch of the route with an event at Cairo International Airport that was attended by the large visiting delegation from Kuwait who came on board the first flight and leading members of Egypt’s travel and tourism industry, Cairo International Airport officials, and the Egyptian press. The visiting delegation included Jazeera Airways senior management team, a senior representative of the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry, representatives of the Kuwait Directorate General for Civil Aviation, and leading members of the Kuwaiti press as well as the top 20 travel agents from Kuwait.
The delegation was headed by Chairman Marwan Boodai and included senior executives from Jazeera Airways, who were received by Imperial Travel Center (ITC), the airline’s local agent in the country. ITC was represented by its Chairman Omar Shelebi.
With this new route, Jazeera Airways now operates to six Egyptian destinations from Kuwait on a permanent basis, and they are Alexandria, Cairo, Luxor, Sharm El Sheikh, Assiut, and Sohag. The airline also operates Hurghada and Marsa Alaam on a seasonal basis.
Jazeera Airways Chairman Marwan Boodai said: “Operating to Cairo has been a goal for everyone working in Jazeera Airways since our beginnings in 2005 when we had hoped that Cairo would be one of our first destinations. It took five years for this flight to happen, but the wait was worth it. Egypt today is new and full of optimism; the spirit of change is sweeping the country. We are very proud to have witnessed this change and for being the first new operator to Cairo.”
“Today our commitment to Egypt and the travelers of both countries has never been stronger. We have increased our investments in our Egyptian routes, we have intensified our marketing operations in Kuwait to attract people to fly to Cairo and other Egyptian destinations, and we are gearing up to add more flights for the summer schedule, especially to Cairo and Sharm El Sheikh. Furthermore, tonight we are holding a major event at Marriott Zamaleck for over 300 travel agents from Kuwait and Egypt, our aim is to directly connect them to each other and help them boost travel to Egypt with great packages and offers for travelers, all in an effort to resurrect tourism between the two countries after the expected slowdown resulting from the revolution.”
Jazeera Airways operates one of the youngest Airbus A320 fleets in the Middle East and the company was recently granted IOSA certification for operation and safety excellence by IATA. The airline is operating a business class and an economy class on the route, which it also operates on most of its routes across the Middle East including Dubai, Beirut, Alexandria, Sharm El Sheikh, Jeddah, Bahrain, and other high-demand routes.
Boodai said “Today, our value proposition is hard to beat by any competitor operating on our network. For Economy Class passengers our offering includes year-round competitive fares, free meals for all passengers, and up to 40 kilograms in free checked-in baggage allowance. Our Business Class passengers benefit from exclusive fast-track check-in at all airports, business lounge access, a menu a-la-carte food selection on board, and--of course--competitive fares.”