Abdulrahman Al Kharafi, a member of the Travel and Tourism Bureau, revealed that Kuwait is estimated to have lost around 100 million Kuwaiti dinars due to the closure of the airport and the ban on 34 countries.
He pointed out that there are around 16,000 residents looking to come back to Kuwait and that by opening the airport and removing the ban Kuwait could benefit economically.
Al Kharafi indicted that that the travel and tourism offices lost around 28 million Kuwaiti dinars just between March 14 and July 31.
Due to the large losses, Al Kharafi said that they have submitted a request for an economic report to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to understand how much the aviation sector lost during the pandemic.
It has been reported that around 30 per cent of employees working in the travel and tourism industry have been laid off since the start of the COVID-19 crisis.