David Hedengren
Last updated: 7 October, 2011

Kuwait aims to become regional air hub

Kuwait International Airport is set to significantly increase its capacity with the aim of establishing the tiny oil state as a new regional air hub in the Gulf. An important part of that effort is the plans for a new state-of-the-art terminal building that aims to set a new environmental benchmark for airport buildings.

According to UK based architect firm Foster + Partners, which has designed the new terminal, it is rooted in a sense of place, responsive to the climate of one of the hottest inhabited environments on earth and inspired by local forms and materials.

“The scale of the airport shows Kuwait’s great foresight in recognising the benefits of strategic investment in future infrastructure. The environmental ambitions driving the project are equally impressive,” comments Mouzhan Majidi, Chief Executive of Foster + Partners. “We are pleased to have this opportunity to reveal our designs. The emblematic three-winged form will be as memorable from the air as from the ground – a new symbol of contemporary Kuwait, which resonates with its rich culture and history,”

The airport will initially accommodate 13 million passengers per year, with the flexibility to increase to 25 million passengers and to accommodate 50 million passengers with further development. Work on the site is planned to commence in 2012.