UK firm Foster & Partners has won a $66.7m contract to design a second passenger terminal at Kuwait International airport.

The planned $747m terminal will have capacity for 13 million passengers a year. It will bring the airport’s total capacity to almost 20 million passengers a year.

The airport’s current passenger capacity is 6 million.

The terminal will open in November 2016.

Passengers will move between the new and existing terminals through a tunnel and access road from the south.

In mid-November, the Kuwaiti authorities shortlisted two bidders for a contract to build a runway, aircraft hangars and roads at Kuwait International airport (MEED 13:11:09).

The authorities plan to build a further five terminals, increasing the airport’s passenger handling capacity to 45 million passengers a year. They also want to build a third runway and a cargo terminal.