Kuwait airport terminal on track for 2016 launch

Design for $3.2bn expansion to be finalised by March, new wing to double capacity
GCC states plan to spend around $90bn on modernising their airports
By Shane McGinley
Wed 07 Dec 2011 03:34 PM

Construction work
on Kuwait’s expanded KD900m($3.2bn) airport terminal will be completed
by the fourth quarter of 2016, the Gulf state’s Ministry of Public Works said.

Design for the terminal, which is forecast to more than
double annual passenger
capacity at Kuwait International Airport, will be
finalised in March 2012, the ministry told state news agency KUNA.

The design will have a trefoil plan, including three wings
of departure gates with each façade spanning 1.2km. There are also plans to
build a metro linking the airport to the city centre.

The contract was awarded to UK architects Foster + Partners
last March. The firm counts Saudi Economic City and Abu Dhabi National Museum
among its regional projects.

The six GCC states plan to spend around $90bn on overhauling
their airports to 2020.

The region is scheduled to see eight new runways and the
refurbishment and expansion of a number of airports, including Dubai
International Airport.  

Kuwait’s existing airport has a capacity of around 5.69
million passengers per year and can accommodate 46,930 aircraft. The expansion
is expected to increase passenger capacity to 13 million a year, with further development
increasing capacity to 50 million a year.

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