What’s wrong with Wataniya Airways?

We were planning to fly for 3mra in February 2011 on board Wataniya Airways. Only to receive a call from them informing us of their cancellation of our flight and all other flights to Jeddah. Checking our email we received the following from Wataniya Airways…

“I am sorry to have to inform you that with effect from 5 December 2010, we will no longer operate flights from Kuwait to Amman, Bahrain, Damascus and Jeddah. In addition, we will reduce the frequency of services to Dubai.

We have unfortunately been forced to take this action due to adverse market conditions where huge excess capacity makes operating to some destinations currently uneconomic. Consequently, to ensure the future health and success of our airline it has been decided to adjust our current network plans and concentrate our efforts on flying to a reduced number of destinations.”

Now that doesn’t sound very good does it?! Esh9ayer? Falesaw?!

12 responses to this post.

  1. Probably for these particular locations the competition from Jazeera Airways, Kuwait Airways(BTW how they let it still operate is beyond me.are they waiting for a tragedy to happen to take action????)and others is too much? I see unlike the rest they rely more on European destinations.


    • Posted by danderma on December 1, 2010 at 12:36 AM

      As for Kuwait Airways i refuse to board any of their planes even though i have more than one free ticket voucher. I am afraid for my life…

      If the competition was too much maybe they should have phased out the routes not cancel existing reservations… i don’t know what’s wrong but it does not look very good.


  2. Posted by Enigma on November 30, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    Yeah shessalfa???! Bahrain and Jedda are two of the most popular routes, that are never affected by market conditions! what do they mean uneconomic?


    • Posted by danderma on December 1, 2010 at 12:34 AM

      I thought Jedda must be pretty popular so i was very surprised they cancelled the whole route! Maybe they expanded too fast?!


  3. Fallesaw or not, they don’t have the right to cancel your reservation…


    • Posted by danderma on December 1, 2010 at 12:29 AM

      They cancelled the whole route not only my reservation. but i agree they should have waited until they finished whatever was reserved in advance o then stopped their route… esh hal fawtha?


  4. Read the news paper today they wrote about it..

    I think because they opened 19 new destinations, they went down lost profits, I received also email from thier marketing department.


    • Posted by danderma on December 2, 2010 at 2:58 AM

      But their European destinations are not really destinations. Their planes only fly to Vienna and other partners airlines would take over for the rest of the trip! So it doesn’t really explain why?


  5. If Wataniya Airways go bankrupt, It would be a sad day for Kuwait :/
    it’s the only decent Kuwaiti airline that I have enjoyed! better than Aljazeera and Kuwait Airways combined!


    • Posted by danderma on December 2, 2010 at 12:56 PM

      Exactly it would be very sad since they the best airlines we have around 😦
      They could have lowered their prices a bit or cancelled some of their amenities like reducing the amount of food they give the passengers it would make a difference in their profits. If they had just kept the Dubai, Bahrain, and Jedda lines or made them over the weekend they would have still profited 😦 7safa 3lehom


  6. I heard they are much more expensive that Al Jazeera so it’s quite natural if this happens!


    • Posted by danderma on December 6, 2010 at 11:33 AM

      They are expensive and not that cheap. They could have lowered their price range or done something different to manage their losses instead of cancelling entire routes with existing reservations!!!


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