Kuwait airport facility catches fire

12 June 2016

Firefighters control cargo terminal warehouse blaze

Six teams of firefighters managed to control a fire that broke out at a warehouse at Kuwait International airport’s (KIA’s) cargo terminal on 11 June.

Pictures posted by Kuwait News Agency (Kuna) on its website showed piles of rubble and smoke arising from the facility.

Kuna said there were no deaths or injuries arising from the incident, although the fire would entail some financial losses to the airport.

It is understood the Kuwait Fire Service Department (KFSD) has launched an investigation into the probable cause of the fire.

Kuwait has one of the least developed airports across the GCC. It has been operating beyond capacity for years.

A multibillion-dollar initiative to decongest, expand and modernise KIA is under way.

The Ministry of Public Works (MPW) awarded on 30 May a $4.3bn deal for the construction of the 25 million passenger-a-year Terminal 2, which is due for completion in 2022.

The contract for the construction of a temporary passenger support terminal, which has a capacity of 4.5 million passengers annually, is also waiting to be awarded. This facility has a construction period of 450 days, starting from the date of award, and will take on the expected additional passenger traffic from Terminal 1 while Terminal 2 is under construction.

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