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Cabinet approves Limak for Kuwait Airport building

Limak has reportedly been tasked with all construction, furnishing, and maintenance works for a new passenger building at Kuwait International Airport

Limak has reportedly nabbed a deal to build Kuwait Airport's passenger terminal building.
Limak has reportedly nabbed a deal to build Kuwait Airport's passenger terminal building.

Kuwait's Cabinet has approved a request by the country's Ministry of Public Works to finalise a deal with Turkish Limak Construction Company. 

Consequently, Limak has been tasked with all construction, furnishing, and maintenance works for a new passenger building at Kuwait International Airport. 

According to Kuwait's Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs, Sheikh Salman Sabah Salem Al-Humoud Al-Sabah, "finishing this project as soon as possible is a pressing matter in order to smooth to flow of passengers and transportation", kuwaittimes.net reported.

The project's construction schedule and costs were not revealed.

Last year, it was reported that Kuwait's government would 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 would 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 in October that construction work on the project will span 15 months, and the terminal is expected to be operational by 2017.

It is yet unclear whether the Cabinet-approved building is the same project that al-Fouzan had announced. 

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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