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Kuwait airport on verge of enormous ‘development’ DGCA prepares plan

 KUWAIT CITY, Dec 10, (KUNA): President of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Fawaz Al-Farah said on Sunday that the DGCA has prepared an ambitious plan for the development and expansion of Kuwait International Airport. He said in a speech during the first annual forum aimed to develop Kuwait International Airport which kicked off today that the plan also includes numerous construction, navigational and investment projects targeting the improvement of civil aviation services in Kuwait. He added that the forum is of great significance to the fact that the region is at the threshold of a new stage of comprehensive development of most airports.

Progress
He stressed the need that Kuwait International Airport should catch up with this progress witnessed by the region’s airports in order to contribute to transforming Kuwait into a financial and commercial center in line with the vision of His Highness the Amir. He said that among the most important projects to be carried out by the DGCA are the new expansion project of Terminal (2), the construction of a third 5.4 kms-long runway, the extension of the current east and west runways, the construction and equipping of another watchtower and the completion of the second phase of the air cargo city. He pointed out that the DGCA would also develop the navigational aids and weather meteorology devices, passengers terminal, modernization of air navigation systems, construction and development of a network of roads and paths at the airport and the development of electricity infrastructure and services.

Trade
He considered that this plan is in line with the accelerated economic and trade growth witnessed in Kuwait and increased air traffic expected during the next 10 years with a growth rate of six percent per annum. Al-Farah added that the future expansion of the airport is designed in the first phase to increase the capacity of the airport capacity from seven million to 20 million passengers per year and will reach 25 million passengers annually at a later stage.

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