Design for $3.2bn expansion to be finalised by March, new wing to double capacity
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.