As the cleaning contract for Terminal T1 of the airport has come to an end, hygiene problems at Kuwait International Airport have reappeared amid charges of neglect.
The problem occurs in the height of the summer vacation and a time when the airport is extremely congested.
Advertisements by the cleaning business that was in charge of upholding the airport’s sanitary standards threatened to stop using its equipment and services because of an expired contract and unpaid invoices.
The business added that it has not heard anything regarding the contract’s prolongation. The agreement was up on July 25.
In January, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) suggested extending the contract for KD805,000 ($2.67 million), according to official correspondence.
However, the necessary agencies have not yet given their clearance. The operational agencies have expressed concern over the non-renewal of the cleaning contract during the peak travel season and the open-skies policy, underscoring the necessity of a thorough plan to guarantee service delivery at the airport.
In its letters to the DGCA, the cleaning company voiced worry over unpaid payments and discounts imposed on the cleaning contract.
It emphasized that it had not been informed of any contract extensions and made hints that it might leave the site entirely.
The business requested that the DGCA formally approve the offer and contract extension and pay all outstanding debts in full. It emphasized that it was prepared to keep offering services as long as all fees were paid in whole and there were no deductions.
It made it clear that its prior pricing offer did not constitute an implicit consent to renew the contract and that the continuance of its services was contingent upon the airport management’s compliance with its requirements.
The cleaning business addressed the problem of site handover and equipment removal as a result of the lack of a contract extension in a letter delivered on July 18.
It requested the DGCA to speed up the payment of their outstanding debts and to simplify the withdrawal process.
The business added that starting on June 1, 2023, it will stop renewing the residency permits of employees who are contracted to work at airports and will instead begin enrolling them for other government contracts.
This action is being taken in anticipation of a potential site handover and evacuation should the past-due invoices not be paid and the contract not be legally extended.