kuwait-airwaysKuwait Airways will launch direct flights to Sharm el-Sheikh starting on December 1. Kuwait’s state carrier already flies to Cairo, Alexandria and Sohag but has offered only seasonal flights to Sharm el-Sheikh, a beach and diving holiday destination on the Red Sea.

The Russian airliner’s crash on October 31 after taking off from Sharm el-Sheikh is expected to hit Egypt’s vital tourism industry. Kuwait Airways supports Egypt’s tourism sector by re-launching flights to Sharm el-Sheikh since with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait has provided billions of dollars of aid in the last two years to support Egypt’s economy and help maintain political stability.