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KUWAIT: Kuwait Airways, the national carrier of the State of Kuwait, has announced that it has become the first airline to arrive and inaugurate Cairo International Airport's (CAI) new Terminal 2. Symbolizing the ever increasing bilateral ties between the two Arab nations, Kuwait Airways' (KAC) long legacy as an aviation pioneer was continued today with the arrival of flight KAC 1541, representing both the ongoing and growing relationship between Kuwait and Egypt.

According to airport sources, the new Terminal 2 (T2) facility will boost the CAI's annual passenger capacity handling by 7.5 million, per year, and increase the airport's total passenger handling capacity to 30 million. Commenting on the arrival of Kuwait Airways' (KAC) inaugural arrival at CAI's Terminal 2, Chairperson of KAC, Rasha Al-Roumi, said:

"Kuwait Airways is delighted to be the first airline to arrive at Cairo International Airport's impressive new Terminal 2 facility. Today's event further highlights the strong historic and commercial bond our two nations share and one we are committed to deepening, going forward. I would personally like to extend my thanks to the Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority [ECAA] for their cooperation and assistance on making this inaugural arrival at Cairo International Airport's Terminal 2 possible."

"Kuwait Airways plays a significant role in the regional tourism industry, into Egypt, and the new capacity terminal is an indication of the growth we are seeing in passenger numbers along key routes, such as the Egyptian market," Rasha added.

50 VIP passengers, from Kuwait, travelled on the inaugural flight into CAI's "T2" and were greeted by representatives of Kuwait Airways' Cairo Office, Cairo International Airport's senior management and local media. The national carrier of Kuwait currently operates 14 flights per week to Cairo; one of 34 destinations on its international network.

With increased frequencies, new time schedules and new routes all part of the airline's strategic growth over the next five years, the introduction of CAI's new capacity Terminal 2 is one of many clear indications of the expected growth in passenger traffic, both within the region and with Kuwait Airways specifically.