The first flight took off on Wednesday from Kuwait International Airport’s new terminal building (T4) as it aims to increase capacity to 25 million passengers by 2022.
The flight, which landed in neighbouring Bahrain, represented a “profound achievement”, according to Dr Nayef Al-Hajraf, Minister of Finance.
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In comments published by Kuwait News Agency, he said: “This milestone event will help propel the local aviation industry to new heights.”
The minister said he expected a spike of 10 percent in passenger traffic following the opening of T4, which serves the national carrier Kuwait Airways.
Kuwait Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah launched the new terminal last month.
T4, which was planned and built within two years, is a 14-gate facility which is designed to handle an extra 4.5 million passengers annually.
The new terminal includes a duty free retail area and parking for 2,450 vehicles.
The terminal is part of the government’s efforts to enhance Kuwait’s air transport system under the Kuwait 2035 Vision which aims to turn the country into a regional investor-friendly and trade hub.
In 2016, Kuwait signed a $172.3 million contract with Korean and Kuwaiti companies to construct the terminal.
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