|Kuwait International Airport
مطار الكويت الدولي
|Airport type||Public / Military|
|Operator||Directorate General of Civil Aviation|
|Serves||Kuwait City, Kuwait|
|Location||Farwaniya Governorate, Kuwait|
|Elevation AMSL||206 ft / 63 m|
Kuwait International Airport (Arabic: مطار الكويت الدولي, IATA: KWI, ICAO: OKBK) is located in Farwaniya, Kuwait, 15.5 kilometers (9.6 mi) south of Kuwait City, spread over an area of 37.7 square kilometres (14.6 sq mi). It serves as the primary hub for Kuwait Airways, Jazeera Airways and Wataniya 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. It was originally envisioned as a stop for British planes on their way to British India. The current main airport structure, designed by Kenzo Tange and opened in 1979, was executed and completed by Al Hani Construction in a joint venture with Ballast Nedam of The Netherlands.
The airport underwent a large 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 airport was modified with the construction of a small building named the Sheikh Saad General Aviation Terminal, to handle the scheduled services of Wataniya Airways along with general aviation traffic.
In 2011, the Department of Civil Aviation announced the intention of extending Kuwait International Airport so it can handle more passengers and more aircraft. On October 3, 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 finalized formalities for the construction of the terminal, which was 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.
In December 2012, the Kuwaiti Ministry of Public Works announced that the new Terminal at the Kuwait International Airport would be completed by the end of 2016, estimating the cost to be around 900 million Kuwaiti Dinar ($3.2 billion). On May 20, 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 the Sheikh Saad Terminal instead of Kuwait Airport's main terminal starting in July due to the large number of passengers and the growing number of aircraft attributing to Kuwait Airport being over capacity. As of June 2014, the leading consortium to build the terminal had quit the project due to several reasons with construction having not started, placing the project on hold. The project was subsequently re-tendered twice over the course of 2014 and 2015 but had the winning tender cancelled both times.
On May 9, 2017, the Foster + Partners-designed Terminal 2 formally broke ground and heavy construction work began on site. The terminal is being built by Turkey's Limak Holding and was originally scheduled for completion in 6.5 years, although the contractors and Kuwaiti government have made claims to deliver the project within four years.
The airport resides at an elevation of 204 feet (62 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways: 15R/33L with a concrete surface measuring 3,400 m × 46 m (11,155 ft × 151 ft) and 15L/33R with an asphalt surface measuring 3,500 m × 46 m (11,483 ft × 151 ft).
The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service:
|Aegean Airlines||Seasonal: Athens|
|Air Arabia Egypt||Alexandria-Borg el Arab, Sohag|
|Air Cairo||Alexandria-Borg el Arab, Assiut, Sohag|
|Air India||Ahmedabad, Chennai, Hyderabad, Goa|
|Air India Express||Kochi, Kozhikode, Mangalore|
|AlMasria Universal Airlines||Cairo|
|Azerbaijan Airlines||Seasonal: Baku|
|Biman Bangladesh Airlines||Dhaka|
|Bulgaria Air||Seasonal: Bourgas|
|Cham Wings Airlines||Damascus, Latakia, Qamishli|
|EgyptAir||Alexandria-Borg el Arab, Cairo, Luxor, Sharm el-Sheikh|
|Ethiopian Airlines||Addis Ababa|
|Etihad Airways||Abu Dhabi|
|FlyEgypt||Alexandria-Borg el Arab, Assiut, Sohag|
|Flynas||Jeddah, Medina, Riyadh, Taif|
|Iran Air||Ahwaz, Isfahan, Lar, Mashhad, Shiraz|
|Iran Aseman Airlines||Abadan, Ahwaz, Lamerd, Mashhad, Shiraz|
|Jazeera Airways||Ahmedabad, Alexandria-Borg el Arab, Amman–Queen Alia, Assiut, Bahrain, Baku, Beirut, Cairo, Doha, Dubai–International, Hyderabad, Istanbul-Atatürk, Jeddah, Kochi, Luxor, Mashhad, Mumbai (begins 9 May 2018), Najaf, Riyadh, Sohag
Seasonal: Sharm el-Sheikh, Ta'if
|Kuwait Airways||Abu Dhabi, Ahmedabad, Amman-Queen Alia, Bahrain, Bangalore (ends 2 June 2018), Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Beirut, Cairo, Chennai, Colombo, Dammam, Delhi, Dhaka, Doha, Dubai–International, Frankfurt, Geneva, Islamabad, Istanbul–Atatürk, Jeddah, Kochi, Lahore, London–Heathrow, Manila, Mashhad, Medina, Mumbai, Muscat, Najaf, New York–JFK, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Riyadh, Rome-Fiumicino, Ta'if, Tbilisi (begins 11 June 2018), Tehran–Imam Khomeini, Thiruvananthapuram, Trabzon (begins 9 June 2018)
Seasonal: Munich, Sharm el-Sheikh, Vienna
|Middle East Airlines||Beirut|
|Nile Air||Alexandria-Borg el Arab, Cairo|
|Pakistan International Airlines||Lahore, Sialkot|
|Pegasus Airlines||Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen|
|Philippine Airlines||Manila (Ends 16 May 2018)|
|Royal Jordanian||Amman–Queen Alia|
|Saudia||Jeddah, Medina, Riyadh|
|Syrian Air||Damascus, Latakia|
|Turkish Airlines||Istanbul–Atatürk, Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Seasonal: Antalya, Bodrum, Izmir, Trabzon
|Wataniya Airways||Alexandria-Borg el Arab, Bahrain, Baku, Beirut, Doha, Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen, Kathmandu, Najaf, Sarajevo, Sohag, Tbilisi|
|Cargolux||Hanoi, Hong Kong, Luxembourg|
|Cargolux Italia||Hong Kong, Luxembourg|
|Etihad Cargo||Abu Dhabi|
|Ethiopian Airlines Cargo||Addis Ababa|
|Lufthansa Cargo||Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Sharjah|
|Turkish Airlines Cargo||Dhaka, Dubai-Al Maktoum, Istanbul-Atatürk|
|Qatar Airways Cargo||Doha|
2008 through 2017
|Year||Commercial Aircraft||Non-Commercial Aircraft||Passengers||Freight (in metric tonnes)|
|up to March 2018||27,446||1,269||3,584,320||62,414|
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