Once expansion plans are completed in 2020, Kuwait International Airport would be able to cater to 25 million passengers and could see its revenues increase five-fold to around KD500 million, said Director-General of Civil Aviation Eng. Yousef S. Al-Fouzan.
A consortium of Kharafi National of Kuwait along with Turkey’s Limak Holding won the construction contract for the airport expansion project in 2015 with a bid of KD1.3 billion.
Meanwhile, as a stop-gap arrangement, the Directorate of Civil Aviation is planning to build a smaller terminal alongside the present airport by the start of 2017. The new terminal, capable of catering to five million additional passengers will reduce the pressure on the present airport and increase the total capacity of Kuwait International Airport to 10 million passengers a year, said Al-Fouzan.
The Director-General also revealed that the Civil Aviation authorities were considering increasing the landing fees for airlines using Kuwait International Airport, which he said would increase revenues to KD140 million. He went on to add that over-flight charges would also be rationalized in line with those charged by other countries in the region.