Kuwait International Airport receives US$4.8bn for expansion

KuwaitairportThe proposed expansion blueprint of the new terminal at the Kuwait International Airport. (Image source: DGCA)The Kuwaiti government has granted US$4.8bn to the Kuwait International Airport for its expansion and the development of a second terminal

Agence France Presse has stated that Kharafi National, a Kuwaiti construction firm, has been awarded a contract for US$4.8bn to expand the airport, build a new runway and add 30 gates to increase passenger capacity to 25mn by 2025.

In addition, the airport’s cargo facilities will also be ramped up, complemented by new navigation and communication systems.

According to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), a state-of-the-art terminal building is being planned as part of the expansion. The new terminal will have a trefoil plan, comprising three symmetrical wings of departure gates. Each facade spans 1.2 km and extends from a 25 metre-high central space.

The building is planned under a single roof canopy, which will have glazed openings that filter daylight, deflecting direct solar radiation. The conrete structure provides thermal mass and the roof incorporates a large expanse of photovolatic panels to harvest solar energy, added DGCA officials.

In addition, the new terminal will have a new landside access sequence from the south as a new road connects from the King Faisal Motorway 51 and the seventh Ring Road.


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