Jazeera Airways, Kuwait’s leading low-cost airline, operating regionally and internationally, has launched its direct flights to Karachi, serving Pakistan’s most populous city with a weekly flight.
According to a statement issued by the airline, the new service is the first in two decades between Kuwait and Karachi and the second for the airline to Pakistan. It supports the growing trade relations between both countries.
In 2018, Kuwaiti exports to Pakistan crossed the $1.5 billion mark, mainly driven by oil exports, while exports from Pakistan to Kuwait reached $180 million. Kuwait is home to over 130,000 Pakistanis.
Jazeera Airways CEO Rohit Ramachandran said, “We are very pleased to have launched our new service to Karachi and offer our customers direct and transit routes to Pakistan’s premier economic and social hub. The launch comes as part of our strategy to cater to the large expatriates and business communities in Kuwait as well as connect customers from our network to popular business, tourism and religious destinations in the Middle East and Europe through Kuwait.”
Commenting on behalf of the Embassy of Pakistan in Kuwait, Chargé d’Affaires Ashar Shahzad said, “It is a matter of great pleasure and pride that Jazeera Airways is starting flights from Kuwait to Karachi as its second destination in Pakistan. Currently, there are no direct flights between Kuwait and Karachi. We are hopeful that the new direct route will enhance trade, political, social and cultural relationship between the two countries. We are thankful to Jazeera Airways for this and wish them success in its all operations.”
The scheduled flights leave on Thursdays from Kuwait on flight J9 507 at 10:00 pm local time and return from Karachi on flight J9 508 at 3:30 am of the next day (Friday). The total duration of the flight is 2 hours and 45 minutes from Kuwait to Karachi, and 3 hours and 30 minutes from Karachi to Kuwait.