Wataniya Airways, Kuwait’s premium airline announced today the arrival of its fifth A320 Airbus aircraft, tailored to the highest degree of excellence and luxury and allowing it to further expand its schedule and launch new routes. Starting May 2nd, the premium carrier announced that it will start a regular service to Istanbul, the commercial capital of Turkey and the European capital of culture 2010. The new schedule will provide three flights a week on Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday from the exclusive Wataniya Airways Sheikh Saad Terminal to Sabiha Gokcen International, Istanbul’s state of the art new airport. Istanbul is Wataniya Airways’ ninth destination and the first European city that it flies to since the launch of its operations in January 2009. Abdul Salam Al Bahar, Chairman and Managing Director of Wataniya Airways said: “Istanbul is a historic center and a destination for culture through its wealth of arts, cultural diversity and its virtues of civilization. We believe the launch of our new service brings many benefits for both Kuwait and Turkey and will continue to strengthen our long standing trade and tourism links.“We have chosen Istanbul to be our first European destination as it is a unique city that bridges both Asia and Europe serving as a distinctive gateway for Wataniya Airways’ future European destinations. Istanbul also attracts an increasing numbers of tourists from Kuwait during various seasons of the year, making it a perfect destination we offer our guests this summer. The city is known for its attractive nature, art, culture shows, bazaars, traditional arts, museums, architecture and the country’s famous monuments. In 2009, the number of Kuwaiti tourists visiting Turkey has exceeded 22,000 making it one of the most popular destinations by the desire of the Kuwaiti traveler and we are delighted to offer our guests a premium service option to travel to the Turkish city.”AlBahar added that Wataniya Airways is also pleased to receive its fifth aircraft as an addition to its growing fleet, noting “Our aircraft are specifically designed to the highest standards of quality and efficiency that our guests expect from us providing them with a more convenient flights schedule and giving us the opportunity to launch new exciting destinations which will be announced in a timely manner and hope to be attractive to our guests”. The city of Istanbul is one of the most attractive cities for tourists in the world, through its cultural heritage and monuments, including St. Sophia Blue Church, Topkapi Palace, Suleymeniye Church, Dolmabahce Palace, BursaBlue Mosque, Princes Island and the Grand Bazaar. Moreover, it represents a springboard for other tourist attractions in other Turkish cities, especially with the distinguished arrival timing of Wataniya Airways at 3:00 PM. Istanbul, the European Capital of Culture, is also the home to art, music, opera, and traditional performances that enthusiasts can also take pleasure from throughout the year. Guests wishing to travel on Wataniya Airways can book their tickets by logging on to wataniyaairways.com or calling the Kuwait Guest Contact Centre on 118 or +965 24379999 or make their reservation through their preferred travel agent.
Wataniya Airways sixth aircraft is scheduled to be received in June, to provide better quality services and a wider choice of destinations, in addition to the current flights and upcoming launches in the future.