Kuwait International Airport

Kuwait International Airport
Kuwait International Airport
مطار الكويت الدولي
Kuwait airways A-340.JPG
KWI is located in Kuwait
Location of Airport in Kuwait
Airport type Military/Public
Operator Directorate General of Civil Aviation
Serves Kuwait City, Kuwait
Location Al Farwaniyah Governorate, Kuwait
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 206 ft / 63 m
Coordinates 29°13′36.4″N 47°58′47.9″E / 29.226778°N 47.979972°E / 29.226778; 47.979972
Website www.kuwait-airport.com.kw
Direction Length Surface
ft m
15R/33L 11,155 3,400 Concrete
15L/33R 11,483 3,500 Asphalt

Kuwait International Airport (IATA: KWIICAO: OKBK) is located in Farwaniyah, Kuwait, 15.5 kilometers (9.6 mi) south of Kuwait City. It serves as hub for Jazeera Airways and Kuwait Airways. A portion of the airport complex is designated as Al Mubarak Air Base, which contains the headquarters of the Kuwait Air Force, as well as the Kuwait Air Force Museum.



The airport underwent a massive renovation and expansion project from 1999–2001, in which the former parking lot was cleared and a terminal expansion was built. This incorporated new check-in areas, a new entrance to the airport, the construction of a multi-storey parking structure, and an airport mall.

Kuwait International Airport can currently handle more than seven million passengers a year. A new general aviation terminal was completed in 2008 under a BOT scheme and is operated by Royal Aviation. By the end of 2008, however, this terminal was modified to handle the scheduled services of now-defunct Wataniya Airways along with general aviation traffic. The terminal was renamed as Sheikh Saad Terminal.

On October 3, 2011, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation announced that a new Foster + Partners-designed terminal will begin construction in 2012 and will increase the annual passenger handling amount to 13 million passengers in its first phase with the option of expanding to 25 million passengers. The airport has finalized formalities for the construction of the terminal, which is due to begin construction in 2012 with completion by 2016. It would be built to the south of the current terminal complex with new access routes from the Seventh Ring Road to the south of the airport compound. It is designed as a three-pointed star, with each point extending 600 meters from the star's center. Two airside hotels will form part of the new building.

The current airport is currently given a rating of three stars by Skytrax's airport grading exercise along with seven other airports.[1]

Airlines and destinations

The interior of the landside concourse.
Qatar Airways A320 at the airport
Jazeera Airways A320 parked at the ramp
The traditional roof of the car park at the airport



Airlines Destinations Terminal
Air Arabia Sharjah 1
Air Arabia Egypt Alexandria-Borg El Arab, Assiut, Sohag 1
Air Cairo Assiut, Sohag 1
Air India Ahmedabad, Chennai, Goa, Hyderabad 1
Air India Express Kochi, Kozhikode, Mangalore 1
Air Koryo Pyongyang 1
AlMasria Universal Airlines Alexandria-El Nouzha, Assiut 1
Al-Naser Airlines Baghdad, Najaf 1
Ariana Afghan Airlines Kabul 1
Biman Bangladesh Airlines Chittagong, Dhaka 1
British Airways London-Heathrow 1
Bulgaria Air Seasonal: Bourgas, Sofia, Varna 1
Bulgarian Air Charter Seasonal: Varna GA
EgyptAir Alexandria-El Nouzha, Assiut, Cairo, Luxor, Sohag 1
Emirates Dubai 1
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa 1
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi 1
flydubai Dubai 1
Gulf Air Bahrain 1
Iran Air Ahwaz, Isfahan, Lar, Mashhad, Shahre Kord, Shiraz 1
Iran Aseman Airlines Ahwaz, Lamerd, Mashhad, Shiraz 1
Jazeera Airways Aleppo, Alexandria-Borg el Arab, Amman-Queen Alia, Assiut, Bahrain, Beirut, Cairo, Damascus, Deir ez-Zor, Dubai, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Jeddah, Luxor, Mashhad, Riyadh, Sharm el-Sheikh, Sohag 1
Jet Airways Mumbai 1
KLM Amsterdam, Bahrain 1
Kuwait Airways Abu Dhabi, Alexandria-Borg Al Arab, Amman-Queen Alia, Bahrain, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Beirut, Cairo, Chennai, Colombo, Damascus, Dammam, Delhi, Dhaka, Doha, Dubai, Frankfurt, Geneva, Islamabad, Istanbul-Ataturk, Jakarta-Soekarno Hatta, Jeddah, Kochi, Kuala Lumpur, London-Heathrow, Madinah, Manila, Mumbai, Muscat, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Riyadh, Rome-Fiumicino, Sharm el-Sheikh, Sohag, Tehran-Imam Khomeini, Thiruvananthapuram 1
Lufthansa Frankfurt 1
Mahan Air Mashhad 1
Middle East Airlines Beirut 1
Mihin Lanka Colombo, Dubai 1
Nas Air Jeddah, Madinah 1
Oman Air Muscat 1
Pakistan International Airlines Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Sialkot 1
Qatar Airways Doha 1
RAK Airways Ras al Khaimah 1
Rovos Air Baghdad, Kandahar 1
Royal Jordanian Amman-Queen Alia 1
Saudi Arabian Airlines Jeddah, Madinah, Riyadh 1
Shaheen Air International Lahore 1
Singapore Airlines Abu Dhabi, Singapore 1
Sky Airlines Antalya 1
SriLankan Airlines Colombo, Dubai 1
Syrian Air Aleppo, Damascus, Deir ez-Zor 1
Tunis Air Tunis 1
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk 1
United Airlines Bahrain, Washington-Dulles 1
Yemenia Sana'a 1


Airlines Destinations
Air France Cargo Dubai, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Atlas Air Dubai, Hong Kong
Cargolux Hong Kong, Luxembourg
DHL Aviation Bahrain
Falcon Express Cargo Airlines Bahrain, Doha, Dubai, Riyadh
Swiftair Kandahar
TMA Cargo Bahrain, Beirut, Dubai
Qatar Airways Cargo Doha

Airport statistics


Year Commercial Aircraft Non-Commercial Aircraft Passengers Freight (in metric tonnes)
2006 50,213 21,508 6,053,094 166,292
2007 56,987 26,574 6,910,309 176,203
2008 61,512 26,408 7,226,345 180,090
2009 78,597 19,963 8,125,747 197,213
2010 79,350 14,927 8,332,857 208,295
Jan-Sep 2011 53,217 9,967 6,461,374 146,531

Accidents and Incidents

  • A Douglas DC-6 belonging to Yemen Airlines was hijacked by one person on 25 August 1973 during a flight from Taiz to Asmara. After making a refueling stop in Djibouti, the aircraft was taken to Kuwait where the hijacker surrendered.[4]
  • On 17 December 1973, a terrorist attack on Rome's Fiumicino airport ended by the terrorists hijacking a Lufthansa Boeing 737-100 that was preparing to depart to Munich. The aircraft was taken to Kuwait where the hijackers surrendered one day later.[5]
  • A Middle East Airlines Boeing 707 was hijacked by one person during a flight from Beirut to Baghdad on 5 June 1977. The ordeal ended in Kuwait by storming the aircraft and arresting the hijacker.[6]
  • Two hijackers demanding money surrendered after hijacking a Kuwait Airways Boeing 737-200 during a flight from Beirut on 24 July 1980.[7]
  • On 2 August 1990, British Airways Flight 149 carrying 349 passengers landed at Kuwait International Airport just four hours after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, leading to the capture of the passengers and crew. The Boeing 747-100 aircraft was looted by the Iraqis and destroyed. All passengers and crew were reported safe. A McDonnell Douglas DC-9 belonging to the Kuwait Air Force was also destroyed in the airport. It is believed that during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait many of the planes belonging to Kuwait Airways were stolen from the airport and stored in different locations in Iraq, some of which were later destroyed by allied bombings in 1991.
  • On 10 December 1999, three US military personnel died when a USAF Lockheed C-130 Hercules made a hard emergency landing at Kuwait International Airport after sustaining damage from landing short of the runway at nearby Jaber al-Ahmad Airbase.[8]


  1. ^ "Airport Star Ranking - 3 Star Airports". Skytrax. 2007. http://www.airlinequality.com/AirportRanking/3-Star.htm. Retrieved 2007-03-30. 
  2. ^ "Kuwait International Airport Timetable". Schedules Section, Air Transport Department, DGCA. 2010-10-26. http://www.kuwait-airport.com.kw/flight/TimeTable.aspx. 
  3. ^ "Kuwait International Airport Statistics". Statistics Section, Air Transport Department, DGCA. 2010-10-26. http://www.kuwait-airport.com.kw/Stat/Stat.htm. 
  4. ^ [1], Aviation Safety Network.
  5. ^ [2], Aviation Safety Network.
  6. ^ [3], Aviation Safety Network.
  7. ^ [4], Aviation Safety Network.
  8. ^ [5], Aviation Safety Network.

External links

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Portal icon Aviation portal

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