Kuwait has a total of seven airports, four of which have paved runways. The country is planning to invest USD698.5mln in the redevelopment of the Kuwait International Airport (KIA) and aims to increase the annual capacity of the airport to 20mln passengers. The redevelopment will focus on improving airport buildings, fire stations, rescue centres and service roads.
Construction of a second terminal – built to the south of the existing terminal – is expected to be completed by September 2016. Built with an investment of KD900mln (USD3.3bln), the terminal will initially have an annual passenger handling capacity of 13mln, with plans to increase this to 25mln and 50mln through further development.
At the end of the overall USD6bln expansion project, the airport will have eight gates, construction of fours of which was completed in September 2012. It is hoped that this project will help make the airport a regional hub for the Gulf peninsula.
Increasing levels of air traffic in Kuwait have resulted in a 7% rise in the number of travelers using Kuwait International Airport. New airports are planned near Harir City and the new Boubyan Island port, while the contracts are said to be worth a total of KD11mln (USD39mln). This growth potential has attracted Turkish construction company TAV Construction to seek for new airport concessions in Kuwait, alongside Bahrain. TAV is a subsidiary of Afken Holding.
There are no navigable rivers in Kuwait, but the country does possess 499km of coastline along with three major commercial seaports: Ash Shuwaikh, Ash Shuaiba and Doha. The Kuwait Port Authority (KPA) has overall responsibility for managing the country’s port system.
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