Kuwait International Airport to build new terminal

The terminal, to be operational by 2017, is expected to be a temporary solution to meet rising traffic at Kuwait International Airport, until its expansion is completed

The expansion of Kuwait International Airport has faced repeated delays.
The expansion of Kuwait International Airport has faced repeated delays.

Kuwait's government will build a terminal at the country's international airport that can handle 5 million passengers a year as a temporary solution to meet growing traffic until the airport's expansion is ready. 

The new terminal will increase Kuwait International Airport's capacity to 10 million passengers a year. 

Yousef al-Fouzan, director-general of Kuwait's Directorate General of Civil Aviation, told Reuters that the project has been tendered, with 3 November, 2015, set as the deadline for bidders to respond. 

Construction work on the project will span 15 months, and the terminal is expected to be operational by 2017. 

 

Kuwait's airport expansion project is set to boost its capacity to 25 million passengers per year, but the project has faced repeated delays over the years. 

Turkey's Limak Holding and local construction firm Kharafi National won the bid in August to build the new terminal at a proposed cost of $4.35bn (KWD1.312bn).

However, this was the second time that the grouping had won the contract, having previously been selected in November 2014 before the government nullified the award without explanation, the report added. 

Anticipated costs of the project were not revealed by al-Fouzan. 

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