New direct flights between Kuwait and Manchester have been launched.

The three flights a week (Sunday/Tuesday/Thursday) will be a boost for businesses, tourism organisations, universities and those visiting friends and family., said Manchester Airport.

Currently 49,000 people from across Manchester Airport’s catchment area travel indirectly to Kuwait.

A further 800,000 people from across the North travel to a range of Kuwait Airways’ onward destinations that are not currently served by Manchester Airport. The route will be beneficial to those wanting to access places like Bangkok, Mumbai, Delhi, and Manila.

Ian Costigan, Interim Managing Director at Manchester Airport, said: “It’s great news that Kuwait Airways is starting direct flights from Manchester Airport, and I am sure it will be incredibly well received by the thousands of people in our catchment area that travel there indirectly each year.

“The announcement of another long-haul route coming to Manchester clearly shows the role we play in connecting the North to key global destinations. Not only do routes like these make travel easier, but they put the region on the international map for trade, economic and tourism opportunities, plus create a wealth of jobs in the process."

Maen Razouqi, Kuwait Airways Chief Executive Officer, said: “Kuwait Airways is proceeding ahead, according to its well-thought-out and effective plans in moving forward towards expanding its network of operations around the world, with the launch of new and diverse destinations that suit the preferences of its customers and meet their aspirations.

“Manchester as a destination is of great importance to Kuwait Airways’ customers. The selection came after an increased demand for it as a distinct destination for tourists, especially in the summer season, which is expected to witness an unprecedented boom in the tourism, travel, and hospitality sectors. I "In addition, the launching of Manchester as a destination in KAC’s network will assist a large segment of students to study abroad in Universities in Manchester and in England."

Flights arrive in Manchester at 11.45am UK time and depart at 12.45pm and launched on May 1.