Kuwait Airways has announced 17 new routes for this summer, bringing its network to 57 destinations.

Manchester will gain a thrice-weekly service (Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday) from May 1, departing Kuwait International airport at 0620 and arriving into Manchester at 1145. The return leg will leave the UK at 1245, landing back into Kuwait at 2135.

The route will be served by the carrier’s A320 neo aircraft, configured with 122 seats in economy and 12 in business class.

The other new routes which have also be confirmed by Kuwait Airways are to Malaga, Moscow, Sarajevo, Nice, Salalah, Sharm El Sheikh, Sohag, Alexandria, Mykonos, Bodrum, Trabzon, Vienna, Madrid, Casablanca, Kathmandu and Kuala Lumpur.

There are currently no other direct, nonstop flights between Manchester and Kuwait City – both British Airways and Kuwait Airways currently fly between London Heathrow and Kuwait International.

Commenting on the news Kuwait Airways’ CEO, Engineer Maen Razouqi, said:

“Kuwait Airways is pleased to announce the operation of 17 new destinations to link Kuwait to the world, which comes within the framework of the Company’s preparations for the summer season that will witness a remarkable recovery in the movement of travel around the world.

“This is in addition to the fact that Kuwait Airways has selected a variety of destinations that are among the most important that the Company focuses on, due to its high demand for it by our customers of all segments, whether with the intentions of tourism, business or education.

“This is also part of Kuwait Airways’ tireless efforts to provide passengers on its aircraft with more direct options to meet their travel requirements and to provide them better services by launching new destinations and various services.”