Kuwait International Airport's new Terminal 4 opens
South Korea's Incheon International Airport Company won T4 operating rights in April
The new Terminal 4 (T4) at Kuwait International Airport has reportedly opened officially following an announcement by its South Korean operator, Incheon International Airport Company (IIAC).
According to reports by Seoul-based news outlet The Korea Herald, IIAC was chosen as the operator for T4 through a bidding process in April, marking the first time that a foreign company was chosen to operate the Kuwaiti airport.
IIAC reportedly made the opening announcement on 11 December.
April this year saw Kuwait's Directorate General for Civil Aviation (DGCA) announce that IIAC would work on the new T4 facility after winning the project’s tender, which was placed in February this year.
Spanning an area of 55,000m2 and 2,450 parking spaces, T4 comprises 14 gates and can handle 4.5 million passengers each year.
IIAC has reportedly dispatched 30 officials with relevant expertise since May to prepare for the opening, adding the launch was possible despite the recent heavy rainfall in the country, which caused significant infrastructure damage and left at least one dead.
T4 was inaugurated by HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah more than five months ago. It is expected to generate up to $60m (KWD18.1m) in revenue per year, providing approximately 2,000 jobs, and boosting the country's strategy to transform Kuwait into a regional hub for finance and tourism.
T4 is just one of the projects under way as the country's Directorate General for Civil Aviation expands Kuwait International Airport.
It was reported in May 2018 that heavy lifting for construction work on another terminal, T2, had begun. This terminal is expected to cost up to $4.3bn (KWD1.3bn) and a contractor has already been selected for the job.