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Kuwait's $4.2bn airport expansion hits milestone

Kuwait’s $4.27bn new passenger terminal has now begun heavy construction after an inauguration ceremony on Tuesday

Kuwait International will handle 25 million passengers per year.
Kuwait International will handle 25 million passengers per year.

Kuwait’s $4.27bn new passenger terminal has now begun heavy construction after an inauguration ceremony on Tuesday.

The Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al Ahmad al Sabah, and the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan inaugurated the project, which is being built by the Turkey-based construction company Limak Insaat, according to Arabian Business.

Limak and local construction firm Kharafi National won the deal after offering the lowest bid of $4.34bn (1.312bn dinars) for the work in 2015.

Once the expansion is complete, the airport will have the capacity to handle 25 million passengers per year and accommodate all aircraft types through 51 gates and stands.

Abdulrahman al Mutawa, the Kuwaiti Minister of Public Works, said: “This project is designed to handle 25 million passengers a year and is scalable for an additional 25 million in the future.

"In addition, the airport will include solar panels placed on the roof to generate enough energy to power 10 percent of the terminal’s electricity consumption making it one of the best airports in the world once construction is completed."

Air traffic at Kuwait International has increased by 10% annually in the last 10 years with the number of passengers reaching 12 million in 2016.

READ MORE: Kuwait awards $4.6bn infrastructure contracts

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