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Kuwait breaks ground on new terminal

15 May 2017
Design view of the terminal interior at Kuwait International Airport. Source: Foster + Partners

The joint venture (JV) between Limak of Turkey and Kharafi National Company of Kuwait has begun construction of the new USD4.3 billion Terminal 2 at Kuwait International Airport.

Ineco is the project manager with Kuwait United Development.

In its first phase, T2 will have capacity for up to 13 million passengers per year, compared with 7 million today. Further expansion will see capacity increase to 25 million. T2 will include 120 check-in desks and 51 gates, 21 of which will be A380-capable.

The design is "responsive to the climate of one of the hottest inhabited environments on earth and inspired by local forms and materials", according to Foster + Partners, lead architect and designer for T2 in collaboration with Arup and Gulf Consult.

The terminal has a trefoil design, with three symmetrical wings housing the gates. Each facade spans 1.2 km and all extend from a 25 m-tall central atrium.

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