|Kuwait International Airport
مطار الكويت الدولي
|IATA: KWI – ICAO: OKBK|
|Airport type||Public / Military|
|Operator||Directorate General of Civil Aviation|
|Serves||Kuwait City, Kuwait|
|Location||Al Farwaniyah Governorate, Kuwait|
|Elevation AMSL||206 ft / 63 m|
Kuwait International Airport (Arabic: مطار الكويت الدولي, IATA: KWI, ICAO: OKBK) is located in Farwaniyah, Kuwait, 15.5 kilometers (9.6 mi) south of Kuwait City, spread over an area of 38 square kilometres (15 sq mi). It serves as hub for Jazeera Airways and Kuwait Airways. A portion of the airport complex is designated as Al Mubarak Air Base, which contains the headquarters of the Kuwait Air Force, as well as the Kuwait Air Force Museum.
The airport was first launched in the period of 1927-1928. The main airport structure was executed and completed by Al Hani Construction joint venture with Ballast Nedam, The Netherlands.
The airport underwent a massive renovation and expansion project from 1999–2001, in which the former parking lot was cleared and a terminal expansion was built. This incorporated new check-in areas, a new entrance to the airport, the construction of a multi-story parking structure, and an airport mall.
Kuwait International Airport can currently handle more than nine million passengers a year. A new general aviation terminal was completed in 2008 under a BOT scheme and is operated by Royal Aviation. By the end of 2008, however, this terminal was modified to handle the scheduled services of now-defunct Wataniya Airways along with general aviation traffic. The terminal was renamed as Sheikh Saad Terminal.
On 3 October 2011, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation announced that a new Foster + Partners-designed terminal will begin construction in 2012 and will increase the annual passenger handling amount to 13 million passengers in its first phase with the option of expanding to 25 million passengers. The airport has finalized formalities for the construction of the terminal, which is due to begin construction in 2012 with completion by 2016. It would be built to the south of the current terminal complex with new access routes from the Seventh Ring Road to the south of the airport compound. It is designed as a three-pointed star, with each point extending 600 meters from the star's center. Two airside hotels will form part of the new building.
On 20 May 2013, The Director of Operations Management in the General Administration of Civil Aviation Essam Al-Zamil, announced that some of the flights will be diverted to Sheikh Saad Terminal instead of Kuwait Airport's main terminal, starting in July. He said that due to the large number of passengers and the growing number of aircraft, Kuwait Airport is over capacity. "This will be temporary until the new Terminal finishes in 2016" said Al-Zamil.
In 2011 the Department of Civil Aviation announced the intention of extending Kuwait International Airport so it can handle more passengers and more aircraft. In December 2012 the Kuwaiti Ministry of Public Works announced that the new Terminal at the Kuwait International Airport will be completed by the end of 2016, estimating the cost to be around 900 million Kuwaiti Dinar ($3.2 billion). As of June 2014, the firm have quit the project due to several reasons with the project half-way complete. In August 2014, the project is back on track with 3 new companies bidding.
The airport resides at an elevation of 206 feet (63 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways: 15R/33L with a concrete surface measuring 3,600 m × 50 m (11,810 ft × 160 ft) and 15L/33R with an asphalt surface measuring 4,120 m × 60 m (13,520 ft × 200 ft).
|Adria Airways||Seasonal: Ljubljana||1|
|Air Arabia Egypt||Alexandria-Borg el Arab||1|
|Air Cairo||Alexandria-Borg el Arab, Assiut, Sohag||1|
|Air Koryo||Seasonal: Pyongyang||1|
|Air Go Airlines||Alexandria-Borg el Arab, Sharm el-Sheikh, Sohag||1|
|Air India||Ahmedabad, Chennai, Hyderabad, Goa||1|
|Air India Express||Bahrain, Kozhikode, Mangalore||1|
|Ariana Afghan Airlines||Kabul, Kandahar||1|
|Biman Bangladesh Airlines||Chittagong, Dhaka||1|
|B&H Airlines||Seasonal: Sarajevo||1|
|Bulgaria Air||Seasonal: Bourgas, Sofia, Varna||1|
|Bulgarian Air Charter||Seasonal: Bourgas, Varna||1|
|EgyptAir||Alexandria-Borg el Arab, Cairo, Luxor, Sharm el-Sheikh, Sohag||1|
|Ethiopian Airlines||Addis Ababa||1|
|Etihad Airways||Abu Dhabi||1|
|Flynas||Jeddah, Madinah, Riyadh, Taif||1|
|Freebird Airlines||Seasonal: Antalya||1|
|Gulf Air||Bahrain, Istanbul-Atatürk, Larnaca||1|
|Iran Air||Ahwaz, Isfahan, Lar, Mashhad, Shiraz||1|
|Iran Aseman Airlines||Ahwaz, Lamerd, Mashhad, Shiraz||1|
|Iraqi Airways||Baghdad, Najaf||1|
|Jazeera Airways||Alexandria-Borg el Arab, Amman-Queen Alia, Assiut, Bahrain, Beirut, Cairo, Dubai-International, Dubai-World Central, Istanbul-Atatürk, Jeddah, Luxor, Mashhad, Najaf, Riyadh, Sohag||1|
|Jet Airways||Abu Dhabi, Mumbai, Chennai||1|
|Jordan Aviation||Amman-Queen Alia||1|
|Kuwait Airways||Abu Dhabi, Ahmedabad (begins 15 june 2015), Alexandria-Borg El Arab, Amman-Queen Alia, Bahrain, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Beirut, Cairo, Chennai, Colombo-Bandaranaike, Dammam, Delhi, Dhaka, Doha, Dubai-International, Frankfurt, Geneva, Islamabad, Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta, Jeddah, Kochi, Kuala Lumpur, Lahore, London-Heathrow, Madinah, Manila, Mumbai, Muscat, Najaf, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Riyadh, Rome-Fiumicino, Sharm el-Sheikh, Sohag, Tehran-Imam Khomeini, Thiruvananthapuram
Seasonal: Sarajevo, Vienna
|Mahan Air||Mashhad, Shiraz, Tehran-Imam Khomeini||1|
|Middle East Airlines||Beirut||1|
|Nile Air||Alexandria-Borg el Arab, Luxor||1|
|Pakistan International Airlines||Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, Sialkot||1|
|Pegasus Airlines||Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen||1|
|Rotana Jet||Abu Dhabi||1|
|Royal Jordanian||Amman-Queen Alia||1|
|Saudia||Jeddah, Madinah, Riyadh||1|
|Turkish Airlines||Istanbul-Atatürk, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen||1|
|United Airlines||Bahrain, Washington-Dulles||1|
|Air Atlanta Icelandic||Seasonal: Reykjavík|
|Cargolux||Hanoi, Hong Kong, Luxembourg|
|Star Air Aviation||Karachi|
|Etihad Cargo||Abu Dhabi-International, Sharjah|
|Martinair Cargo||Amsterdam, Dubai-Al Maktoum|
|TMA Cargo||Beirut, Dubai-Al Maktoum|
|Turkish Airlines Cargo||Dhaka, Istanbul-Ataturk|
|Qatar Airways Cargo||Dhaka, Doha, Lahore|
|Year||Commercial Aircraft||Non-Commercial Aircraft||Passengers||Freight (in metric tonnes)|
|2014 (upto Aug )||55,150||6,916,921||124,974|
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