Kuwait’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) plans to spend $8.2 billion on 14 projects to develop the state’s main airport.
The investment will transform it into an active regional center for air transport, passengers and cargo, Al Arabiya reported, citing DGCA.
Earlier this month, Kuwait awarded a contract worth 1.4 billion dinars ($4.8 billion) to a local company for the expansion of the country’s only international airport, an official statement said.
The central tenders committee announced on its website that the contract, one of the oil-rich state’s mega projects, was awarded to Kharafi National, Kuwait’s leading construction firm.
Under the contract, a new terminal for Kuwait International Airport and a new runway will be built in addition to around 30 gates to boost the facility’s capacity from the current 7 million passengers to 13 million in 2016.
The capacity is slated to increase to 25 million passengers by 2025.
The rest of the budget will develop operations, air navigation and development, the third runway and control tower, aircraft catering building, and security services project.