‘We are proposing to construct the new terminal on a BOT [build-operate-transfer] basis,’ Communications Minister Sheikh Ahmad Abdullah al-Ahmad al-Sabah told MEED on 9 June.

‘It [the new terminal] will have a capacity to handle 5 million passengers a year. We are aiming to construct the new terminal by 2005/06,’ he said.

Industry sources say that the proposed new terminal is estimated to cost KD 40 million-50 million ($129 million-160 million).

‘We are, at present, servicing about 4 million [passengers a year] and there is a large growth in passenger and cargo movement,’ Al-Sabah said. Terminal 1 at KIA has a capacity to handle 5 million passengers a year.

Work is under way at KIA on an expansion project. Known as the Kuwait Airspace System Plan (KASP), the estimated $300 million scheme is being carried out in several phases. The major components of the project are the supply and installation of a new MSSR approach radar and a long-range radar system, an airport data integration network and a low-level windshear alert system. The client is the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). Germany’s Lahmeyer International is the consultant on KASP (MEED 8:2:02; 26:9:97).

DGCA also plans to extend the west runway by 600 metres.