Kuwait to go ahead with building new airport
Kuwait has said that work is under way to construct its new airport planned to accommodate 25 million passengers annually.
“Work continues to implement the project of the new airport on an area of 700,000 square metres,” assistant deputy head of major projects at the Kuwaiti Ministry of Public Works Eng. Abdul Mohassen Al Anazi said.
The facility will comprise 180 passenger counters and will emerge as one of the world’s best airports, the official added.
“The ministry has taken steps to expedite the implementation of works,” he said, noting that workers engaged in the T2 project are residing next to the site of the building.
T2, scheduled to be completed by 2023, is envisaged as a regional travel hub.
“The new airport terminal is being implemented according to the world’s highest standards in aviation services and will be compliant with environmentally friendly standards,” he added.
The current, Kuwait International Airport in Farwaniya, south of Kuwait City, spread over an area of 37.7 square kilometres. The airport underwent a renovation and expansion project from 1999–2001, in which the former parking lot was cleared and a terminal expansion was built.
The airport was first launched in the period of 1927–1928. It was originally envisioned as a stop for British planes on their way to British India.Kuwait International Airport can currently handle more than nine million passengers a year.