Kuwaiti authorities approved the construction of a new airport in the northern part of the country, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.
This comes following media reports last week stating that the Municipal Committee Council of the Jahra Governorate is coordinating with the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on allocation of a site for the construction of the new airport.
Kuwait currently has an international airport located 15.4 Km south of Kuwait City, which serves as the hub for Kuwait Airways and Jazeera Airways.
The setting up of the new airport comes in line with the studies and proposals of the fourth structural plan for Kuwait, sated the report. However, the authorities did not disclose the completion date of the project nor the value of investment.
Kuwait had in November last year announced plans to spend nearly $8.2 billion on 14 strategic projects aimed at developing the country’s main airport.
The key projects include a new terminal, T-2 that is being built at an estimated cost of $5 billion at Kuwait International Airport that can accommodate 25 million passengers per annum in addition to a third runway and a control tower, reported the Arabic language daily Al Anba, citing the DGCA officials.
Limak Construction, a part of leading Turkish conglomerate Limak Group, is the main contractor on the terminal project, which was designed by Foster + Partners.
Gulf Construction reported in June that work was moving at a steady pace on T2 despite the Covid situation with 40% of the project completed.
On completion, the T2 project will be one of the most advanced and eco-friendly airports in the world and an iconic gateway to Kuwait, it stated.
The other key projects include an aircraft catering building and security services project.