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Kuwait to spend US$6bn doubling airport's capacity

Gulf state will renovate hub to raise max capacity to 13m passengers by 2016

Kuwait to spend US$6bn doubling airport's capacity
Kuwait wants its airport to handle 13m passengers by 2016.

Kuwait’s government will spend US$6bn to almost double the number of passengers its international airport is able to handle by the end of 2016, the head of the country’s aviation regulator said.

Work will begin this year on adding a terminal and renovating infrastructure to raise capacity to 13m passengers, Kuwait Civil Aviation President Fawaz Abdul-Aziz Al- Farah told reporters in Dubai today. The airport, which is built to handle 7m travelers a year, received 8.5m passengers in 2011, and the figure may exceed 9m this year, he said.

The expansion is part of Kuwait’s US$111bn four-year development plan announced in February 2010 to build a subway and rail network, expand the airport and construct power stations, hospitals, roads and a port for the nation of 3.7m people.

Neighboring Qatar and the UAE are building airports and expanding existing ones to accommodate growth in travel.

Kuwait International Airport’s capacity may be expanded to 25m passengers by 2025 and 50mpeople by 2035, Al- Farah said.

The emirate’s main carriers are Jazeera Airways, a low-cost operator, and state-owned Kuwait Airways.

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Ahmed 7 years ago

Have they awarded the airport contract to anyone? Have they broken ground on this airport expansion program? Have they awarded they gone to tender for the airport contract? Have they awarded the subway and rail network to anyone, this country really needs a metro project. You get my point. They keeping talking about these projects without any awarded contracts.

jay 7 years ago

wishful thinking i would put a months salary on it not being completed in 5 yrs
where are all the passengers coming from based on your own reports 19% less expats no infrastructure projects really started a subway, rail nework, there is no land available to take it to the city its fantasy land
and then we have a government mired in problems and agreements whos islamists are pushing people away
Heathrow has 2 runways and copes so can kuwait by all means refurbish the terminals and use the money saved to improve the lives of millions of low paid expats on 60kd a month while you get 300 rise

American in Kuwait 7 years ago

It is all smoke and mirrors again. Not in the next 20 years !

The people in charge should go to Schipol and Hon Kong and learn what is needed in a real airport!

Why can't Kuwait aiport have more and clean restrooms ? Why don't they enforce the no smoking law -- never !