Kuwait airport to expand its passenger handling capacity to 13 million by 2016

15 June 2012 (Last Updated June 15th, 2012 04:35)

Kuwait International airport is planning to more than double its passenger handling capacity to 13 million, from its current 5.69 million, by 2016.

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Kuwait International airport is planning to more than double its passenger handling capacity to 13 million, from its current 5.69 million, by 2016.

The airport has begun construction on a KWD900m ($3.2bn) terminal, which is expected to be completed by Q4 of 2016, to expand the area to 710,000m².

The new terminal is set to be built in a flexible way so that the airport can handle 25 million passengers by 2025 and 50 million by 2035, following further development.

In 2011, UK architects Foster+Partner had provided the design for the new terminal, which is to be built under a single roof canopy and include three symmetrical departure gates, each extending from a 25m-high central space and spanning 1.2km.

Kuwait is also investing another $3bn on other projects in the airport, including broadening of existing runways, construction of a new control tower and cargo facility.

The expansion is part of Kuwait's $111bn four-year development plan, launched in February 2011.

Kuwait International airport has reported an 11% rise in its passenger traffic to 703,000 in May 2012, when compared to the same period in 2011. The total figure included 343,000 arriving and 360,000 departing passengers.

Aircraft movements, including take-off and landing, increased by 7% to 7,178, while its air freight volume rose by 3% to 17 million kilograms during the same period.


Image: Kuwait airport's passenger traffic increased 11% in May 2012. Photo: courtesy of Planecrazy20.