Kuwait’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has extended the submissions deadline for the design and construction of a new airport runway at the Kuwait International Airport (KIA).

The new deadline for the submission of technical and financial offers has been moved to 19 April, instead of 8 March.

In addition to the construction of a new runway, the tender also calls for the upgrade and widening of the airport’s existing eastern runway.

The runway projects comprise a key segment of package 3, phase 1 of KIA’s expansion programme. Other segments of the package include taxiways, an air traffic control system, access roads and utilities, which are understood to be excluded in this specific tender.

The Kuwait government is understood to have allocated $6bn for the development and expansion of the KIA. The largest of these projects, the $4.3bn Terminal 2, which was supposed to have been awarded in late 2015 has been delayed and is undergoing another round of government review.

A passenger support building, with a capacity to handle 4.5 million passengers, is also awaiting award. A joint venture of Turkey’s Cengiz Insaat Sanayi Ve Ticareta and local First Kuwaiti General Trading & Contracting (FKTC) submitted a low bid of KD52.8m ($174m) for the contract in December.

It will support the existing Terminal 1 until Terminal 2 becomes operational by 2020. The tender specifies that the passenger support building is to become operational within 450 days, or about 15-18 months, from the date of contract signing.