Kuwait to spend a total $6bn on airport expansion

Air chief gives breakdown of flagship aviation project cost and build

The building alone for the new 71 hectare second terminal will cost $3bn to implement.
The building alone for the new 71 hectare second terminal will cost $3bn to implement.

The head of the Kuwait’s civil aviation directorate Fawaz Al Farah has announced a planned total spend of $6bn on the expansion of its international airport, a project which will almost double the capacity of the hub.

The new 710,000m2 second passenger terminal will renovate the airport and capacitate major airline growth, boosting the airport’s capacity to 13m by 2016.

"The cost of the projects amounts to $6bn," revealed the Kuwaiti air chief to reporters at the Dubai Airport show, adding that work is expected to begin this year.

The LEED Gold certified second terminal will cost $3bn to construct. The other $3bn will be spent on other projects, including the widening the runways, a new control tower and a new cargo town, said Al Farah.

Al Farah added that the capacity should be further increased to 25m by 2025, and even 50m by 2035.

On a previous occasion Kuwait’s ministry of works has also expressed a desire to have solar panels provide some 10% of the terminal’s energy supply. Expressions of interest have so far been made by 16 international companies.

The expansion is part of Kuwait’s $111bn four-year development plan which it announced in February 2010 to build a subway and rail network, to expand the airport, and to construct power stations, hospitals, roads and a port.

The current passenger terminal was built in 1980 to handle of 7m passengers a year, but it experienced 8.5m travellers in 2011, and is expected to receive 9m in 2012.

The neighbouring UAE and Qatar are similarly building airports and infrastructure to accommodate regional population growth and the boom in international business and global travel.

The main carriers operating from the Kuwait international airport are Kuwait Airways and the privately owned low-cost Jazeera Airways.


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