(MENAFN) Kuwait plans to expand its international airport's capacity following the steps of its neighbors Qatar and the UAE, Bloomberg reported.
The project is part of Kuwait's USD111 billion four-year development plan announced in February 2010 to build a subway and rail network, expand airport capacity and construct power stations, hospitals, roads and a port.
Kuwait Civil Aviation President Fawaz Abdul-Aziz Al- Farah said that the government will spend USD6 billion to almost double Kuwait International Airport's passenger capacity by the end of 2016.
Al-Farah added that work on the expansion plan will debut this year, including the addition of a terminal and revamping existing infrastructure to increase passenger handling to 13 million.
The airport, which is built to handle 7 million passengers a year, received 8.5 million visitors last year, and is expected to exceed 9 million this year, Al-Farah said.
Kuwait International Airport's capacity may be expanded to 25 million passengers by 2025 and 50 million visitors by 2035, he added.