Kuwait to spend $6bn to expand airport capacity

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A design of the new Kuwait International Airport Terminal 2. Photo - Designandprojects.com

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

Kuwait Civil Aviation President Fawaz Abdul-Aziz Al Farah told reporters in Dubai on Tuesday work will commence later this year. The project includes adding a new terminal and renovating infrastructure to raise capacity to 13m passengers. The civil aviation chief added that the airport received 8.5m passengers in 2011 despite its capacity to handle 7m travellers a year. “The figure may exceed 9m this year,” he added.

Kuwait is pursuing a $111bn four-year development plan, announced in February 2010, which includes construction of a subway and rail network, expansion of the airport, construction of power stations, hospitals, roads and a port.

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

Kuwait announced in March it will launch an initial tender for construction of a second terminal at its international airport. Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) announced the project will be worth around 700m to 800m Kuwaiti dinars ($2.5bn-$2.9bn).

The state-run news agency quoted the undersecretary for the Ministry of Works, Hossam al-Tahous, as saying that the project should be finished by late 2016. He added that 16 international companies had expressed interest in the project.

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