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Kuwait emir opens new airport terminal to handle 4.5m passengers

T4 opens at Kuwait International Airport as aviation hub aims to increase capacity to 25 million by 2022

Kuwait emir opens new airport terminal to handle 4.5m passengers

Kuwait International Airport has opened a new terminal building (T4) as it aims to increase capacity to 25 million passengers by 2022.

Kuwait Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah launched the new terminal on Wednesday, according to the official Kuwaiti news agency KUNA.

T4, which was planned and built within two years, is a 14-gate facility which is designed to handle an extra 4.5 million passengers annually.

Sheikh Salman Sabah Al-Salem Al-Humoud Al-Sabah, director general of the country's civil aviation authority, was quoted by KUNA as saying that passenger numbers are expected to each 40 million annually by 2037, creating annual income of no less than $800 million and about 40,000 jobs.

The new terminal, which will be used exclusively by Kuwait Airways, includes a duty free retail area and parking for 2,450 vehicles.

The terminal is part of the government’s efforts to enhance Kuwait’s air transport system under the Kuwait 2035 Vision which aims to turn the country into a regional investor-friendly and trade hub.

In 2016, Kuwait signed a $172.3 million contract with Korean and Kuwaiti companies to construct the terminal.

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