Delivering excellent construction and design at Kuwait International Airport
Despite renovation and expansion works having been carried out since the late ’90s, Kuwait International Airport still lacked the necessary facilities to accommodate its increasing number of passengers. Recognising a change was needed, in 2016 the airport embarked on an ambitious project to complete a new, passenger-focused and technology-driven terminal. Rafael Alonso, Senior Architect at AECOM, provides an overview.
The State of Kuwait’s main airport terminal (T4) was designed in 1979 with an initial capacity of three million passengers. From 1999 to 2001 the airport went through a huge renovation and expansion transforming the existing parking area into a new and larger terminal area, adding new entrances and check-in zones along with new parking and shopping areas. However, back in 2016, the existing terminal exceeded its recommended capacity, with more than 13 million passengers using the facility. This increase of over 35 per cent of passengers in less than five years affected the passenger experience, airport workers and the image of the country.
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Airport construction and design, Airport development, Airside operations, Communication Technology, Information technology (IT), New technologies, Passenger experience & seamless travel, Passenger volumes, Terminal operations