Kuwait Airways suspends sales for its 5th Freedom European flights

Kuwait Airways has reportedly suspended sales of tickets for its intra-European flights following an anti-discrimination lawsuit filed against them in Switzerland.

A Israeli citizen brought the airline into court, the same as a case filed in the US in 2013, because the air carrier refused to sell Israeli citizens a ticket between Geneva and Frankfurt on the grounds of their nationality.

According to the Lawfare Project, the suit, filed with the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA), says the carrier violated the Swiss Penal Code as well as the constitution, which protect individuals from discrimination based on race, religion and ethnicity.

The carrier has then suspended its other Fifth Freedom service, Paris CDG – Rome FCO – Paris CDG, as a precautionary measure to avoid further civil and criminal charges.

Kuwait Airways had also ceased sales of its London LHR – New York JFK – London LHR flights in December last year after the US Department of Transportstion (DOT) ruled the carrier’s unwillingness to sell tickets to Israeli citizens violated US anti-discriminatory laws.


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