Kuwait-The Kuwaiti government signed on Monday a 4.3 billion-dollar-deal with a Turkish company to build a new terminal at Kuwait International Airport.
Kuwait’s Public Works Minister Ali al-Omair signed the contract with Turkish firm Limak Construction.
After signing the contract, al-Omair said that the construction of the new terminal is part of a broad development plan aimed to propel Kuwait to regional prominence, adding that the new terminal would help upgrade the airport.
“The project has long been overdue,” al-Omair said, noting that the ministry will follow the progress of the project, while ensuring that “there would be no delays in construction.”
Al-Omair said the new terminal, due to be completed in six years, will raise capacity at the airport to 25 million passengers annually from around seven million.
He added that the terminal will accommodate all aircraft types at 51 gates, an addition of 30 new gates, and will be able to serve 21 Airbus 380 superjumbos simultaneously.
Kuwait is now relying on its old airport which has seen a rise in the number of passengers in the past years.
Kuwait has a population of 4.3 million, among them are 1.3 million Kuwaitis and the rest are from different Arab and non-Arab nationalities.
The airport usually witnesses a rise in passenger traffic during official holidays, in the summer and during the Hajj and Umrah seasons.