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KUWAIT CITY, Dec 1: A government report warned against the delay in the implementation of the Kuwait City Cargo Project and the project for building the third runway at Kuwait International Airport. The report stressed that further delay in the completion of these projects would lead to waste of huge amounts of annual revenues from the State Treasury, and will deprive Kuwaitis about 800 job opportunities provided by the project. It stated that Kuwait’s vision for the year 2035 aimed to complete the Kuwait City Cargo project. If it is completed, the air freight system will improve its performance in terms of increasing cross-border trade from the airport port at the level of exports and imports.
This will reflect positively on increasing state revenues and job opportunities for the Kuwaiti youth. The report called on the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to quickly complete the project. The report explained that DGCA had revealed in its annual letter of 2019/2020 that the implementation of the first phase of the Kuwait City Cargo Project will be on an area of three million square meters with 67 cargo stations. This means that it will be the largest air cargo city in the Middle East region.
Also, the new runway will be the longest runway in the world as a whole. The project will provide the possibility of receiving all types of aircraft, including the new generation of giant aircraft, and will enhance the capacity of Kuwait International Airport to achieve 650,000 take-offs and landings annually. The report indicated that the project, despite its importance, was canceled from the budget of DGCA for the new year 2023 due to technical obstacles, even though it had been included in it since the fiscal year 2010/2011.
A financial appropriation of KD 1,800,000 was included to pay the costs of the tender for “designing the automatic landing system for the third runway.” It revealed that the State Audit Bureau called on DGCA to quickly implement Kuwait International Airport development projects in accordance with the necessary requirements, after it found that the implementation of many of them had been delayed for more than ten years. By Mohammad Ghanem Al-Seyassah Staff