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N. Korea's flagship carrier to schedule weekly flights to Kuwait: report

All Headlines 10:36 June 05, 2011

SEOUL, June 5 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's flagship airline appears ready to schedule regular flights to Kuwait, after the recent launch of a weekly flight, a news report said Sunday.

According to Voice of America (VOA), North Korea's Air Koryo recently started flying to Kuwait City from Pyongyang at 8:00 p.m. every Tuesday. An estimated 3,500 North Korean workers are stationed in Kuwait. Currently, Air Koryo flies to Kuwait once a month.

Air Koryo first announced the move on its Facebook page on Tuesday last week. Air Koryo currently flies to 20 cities around the world, with only nine of the routes scheduled regularly. The airline flies to Beijing five times a week and to Vladivostok, Russia, twice a week, among other destinations.

VOA's report added neither Air Koryo nor Kuwait International Airport has made announcements on the schedule. An official at the South Korean Embassy in Kuwait was quoted as saying, "I heard Air Koryo's flights to Kuwait could expand from once a month to once every two weeks, but I don't know anything about once-a-week flights."

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