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Kuwait Airways scraps New York-London route

KUWAIT: Kuwait Airways is no longer selling tickets for flights between New York’s John F Kennedy airport and London’s Heathrow, after the US Transportation Department threatened legal action for its refusal to sell tickets to Israelis, reported USA Today. “Today, Kuwait Airways informed the US DOT that they will be eliminating service between JFK and London Heathrow,” Namrata Kolachalam, a department spokeswoman, said Tuesday.

“Sorry, we were unable to process your request due to either no operating flight or no seats available,” the airline’s website replied Tuesday, when asked for flights from JFK to Heathrow. But other flights directly to Kuwait City or to other destinations connecting through Kuwait are available. The end of the route came after the Transportation Department investigated the airline’s refusal to sell Eldad Gatt, an Israeli citizen, a ticket from JFK to Heathrow in 2013.

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