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Kuwait Airport reaches 11m passengers

The airport recorded an 8% increase on 2014

Kuwait Airport reaches 11m passengers
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 surpassed 11 million for the first time last year, according to the country's Civil Aviation Department.

The figure represented an 8 percent increase from 2014.

The airport is undergoing maintenance and expansion works to help meet growing demand, while a new airport also has been approved but is yet to be built.

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