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Kuwait Airport passenger traffic up 6%

International airport increases passenger traffic to nearly 9.38 million in 2013

Kuwait Airport passenger traffic up 6%
A state-of-the-art terminal building will be developed at Kuwait International Airport to significantly increase the aviation hubs overall capacity, while setting a new environmental benchmark for airport buildings. Foster + Partners has designed a flexible masterplan for the site, with the terminal strategically located to anticipate and enable future expansion. The airport will initially accommodate 13 million passengers per year, with the flexibility to increase to 25 million passengers and to accommodate 50 million passengers with further development. The terminal has a trefoil plan, comprising three symmetrical wings of departure gates. Each facade spans 1.2 kilometres and all extend from a dramatic 25-metre-high central space. To further aid orientation, the building is planned under a single roof canopy, punctuated by glazed openings that filter daylight, while deflecting direct solar radiation. The canopy extends to shade a generous entrance plaza and is supported by tapering concrete columns their fluid, organic forms draw inspiration from the contrast between the solidity of the stone and the shape and movement of Kuwaits traditional dhow sailing boats. The project targets LEED gold it aims to be the first passenger terminal in the world to attain this level of environmental accreditation. The concrete structure provides thermal mass and the roof incorporates a large expanse of photovoltaic panels to harvest solar energy.

The number of passengers at Kuwait International Airport rose 6 percent during 2013, to nearly 9.38m, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation announced on Wednesday.

Departures rose the most, from 4.66m in 2013 compared to 4.4m in 2012, while arrivals rose from 4.48m to 4.72m.

The number of commercial flights increased 3 percent to 78,135.

GCC sectors contributed the most passenger traffic, with 46.4 percent, followed by other Arab destinations, with 20.6 percent, Asian (21.9 percent).

The airport announced a $2.1bn expansion and upgrade in 2011 that would see capacity double to an initial 13m. However, work has barely progressed, with the 2016/17 opening date unlikely.

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