Kuwait Airways’s thrice-weekly flights to New York City will now make a scheduled stop at Shannon Airport in Ireland on the outbound flight. The flights, serving New York on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, currently operate non-stop both outbound and inbound.
The changes done to the flight is part of efforts to provide maximum security and safety for the passengers, Kuwaiti News Agency KUNA reported. The airline reported that the flight is expected to be on the ground for no longer than two and a half hours.Passenger and baggage screening by the US’s Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) unit will be carried out during the stopover, which means that passengers will not have to clear immigration and customs once they arrive in New York.
The change in the flight route has also been put in place due to renovation work at Kuwait International Airport. This also comes from the United States requesting Kuwait to expand security measures and additional inspections at Kuwait International Airport
Kuwait Airways has previously used Shannon Airport for fuel stops on their JFK flights. “We are delighted to be working with Shannon Airport on this initiative,” said Kuwait Airways chief commercial officer Philip Saunders.
“The entire airport community has responded quickly and pro-actively to our requirements allowing this change in the service to be implemented seamlessly”
“We are looking forward to being able to offer the time-saving US Preclearance service at the earliest opportunity and to a successful partnership with Shannon Airport,” he added.
The flights will follow this schedule, courtesy of airlineroute.net:
KU117 KWI0900 – 1405SNN1635 – 1825JFK 777 357
KU118 JFK2130 – 1700+1KWI 777 357