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Kuwait Intl Airport

Kuwait International Airport
مطار الكويت الدولي
Airport type Military/Public
Operator Directorate General of Civil Aviation
Serves Kuwait City, Kuwait
Location Al Farwaniyah Governorate, Kuwait
Hub for
  • Kuwait Airways
  • Jazeera Airways
  • Wataniya Airways
  • LoadAir
Elevation AMSL 206 ft / 63 m
Coordinates 29°13′35″N 47°58′08″E / 29.22639°N 47.96889°E / 29.22639; 47.96889
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: KWI, ICAO: OKBK) is located in Farwaniyah, Kuwait, 15.5 kilometers (9.6 miles) south of Kuwait City. It is the hub of Jazeera Airways, Kuwait Airways, United Aviation, and Wataniya 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-story 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 the new Wataniya Airways along with general aviation traffic. The terminal was renamed as Sheikh Saad Terminal. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has announced that a new terminal will begin construction, and will increase the annual passenger handling amount to twenty million. Terminal 2, essentially an extension of Terminal 1, is due for completion by 2014. The current airport is currently given a rating of three stars by Skytrax's airport grading exercise along with seven other airports.

Airlines and destinations

The interior of the airside lounge
The interior of the airside lounge

Qatar Airways A320 at the airport
Qatar Airways A320 at the airport

Jazeera Airways A320 parked at the ramp
Jazeera Airways A320 parked at the ramp

The traditional roof of the car park at the airport
The traditional roof of the car park at the airport
Airlines Destinations Terminal
Air Arabia Sharjah 1
Air Arabia Egypt Alexandria-Borg El Arab 1
Air France Cargo Hong Kong, Paris-Charles de Gaulle Cargo
Air-India Express Kochi, Kozhikode, Mangalore 1
Al-Naser Airlines Baghdad, Basra, Najaf 1
AlMasria Universal Airlines Alexandria-El Nouzha, Assiut 1
Ariana Afghan Airlines Kabul 1
Bahrain Air Bahrain 1
Biman Bangladesh Airlines Dhaka 1
British Airways London-Heathrow 1
Bulgaria Air Varna [seasonal] 1
Cargolux Luxembourg Cargo
Cham Wings Airlines Damascus 1
DHL Aviation Baghdad, Bahrain Cargo
EgyptAir Alexandria-El Nouzha, Assiut, Cairo, Luxor 1
Emirates Dubai 1
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa, Bahrain 1
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi 1
Falcon Express Cargo Airlines Bahrain, Dubai Cargo
Flydubai Dubai 1
Gryphon Airlines Baghdad, Kandahar, Najaf 1
Gulf Air Bahrain 1
Indian Airlines Ahmedabad, Chennai, Goa, Hyderabad, Mumbai 1
Iran Air Ahwaz, Isfahan, Lar, Mashhad, Shahre Kord, Shiraz 1
Iran Asseman Airlines Ahwaz, Lamerd, Mashhad 1
Jazeera Airways Abu Dhabi, Aleppo, Alexandria-Borg el Arab, Amman, Assiut, Bahrain, Beirut, Damascus, Deir ez-Zor, Doha, Dubai, Isfahan, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Jeddah, Lahore [ends 2 October], Luxor, Mashhad, Riyadh, Sana'a, Sharm el-Sheikh, Shiraz 1
Jet Airways Mumbai 1
KLM Amsterdam, Bahrain 1
Kuwait Airways Abu Dhabi, Alexandria-El Nouzha, Amman, Bahrain, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Beirut, Cairo, Casablanca [seasonal], Chennai, Chittagong, Colombo, Damascus, Dammam, Delhi, Dhaka, Doha, Dubai, Frankfurt, Geneva, Islamabad, Jakarta-Soekarno Hatta, Jeddah, Karachi, Kochi, Kuala Lumpur, Lahore, London-Heathrow, Luxor, Malaga [seasonal], Manila, Mumbai, Muscat, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Riyadh, Rome-Fiumicino, Sharm el-Sheikh, Tehran-Imam Khomeini, Thiruvananthapuram 1
Lufthansa Frankfurt 1
Lufthansa Cargo Frankfurt Cargo
Mahan Air Mashhad 1
Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur [seasonal] 1
Middle East Airlines Beirut 1
Mihin Lanka Colombo, Dubai 1
Nas Air Jeddah, Madinah, Riyadh 1
Oman Air Muscat 1
Pakistan International Airlines Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Sialkot 1
Qatar Airways Doha 1
Royal Jordanian Amman-Queen Alia 1
Safi Airways Kabul 1
Saudi Arabian Airlines Jeddah, Madinah, Riyadh 1
Shaheen Air International Lahore 1
Singapore Airlines Abu Dhabi, Singapore 1
Spirit of Manila Airlines Bahrain, Clark 1
SriLankan Airlines Colombo, Dubai 1
Syrian Air Damascus 1
Tunis Air Tunis 1
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk 1
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev-Boryspil [seasonal] 1
United Airlines Bahrain, Washington-Dulles 1
Wataniya Airways Alexandria-Borg El Arab, Amman, Bahrain, Beirut, Cairo, Damascus, Dubai, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Jeddah, Sharm el-Sheikh, Vienna Sheikh Saad
Yemenia Sana'a 1

Airport Statistics

2004-August 2010

Year Commercial Aircraft Non-Commercial Aircraft Passengers Freight (in metric tonnes)
2004 40,573 26,356 5,048,781 164,971
2005 42,564 21,835 5,381,258 160,667
2006 50,213 21,508 6,053,094 166,292
2007 56,987 26,574 6,910,309 176,203
2008 78,596 26,408 7,226,345 180,090
2009 82,324 19,754 10,125,617 197,214
Jan-Aug 74,932 20,495 13,843,495 169,339

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General Info
Country Kuwait
Time UTC+3
Latitude 29.226567
29° 13' 35.64" N
Longitude 47.968928
047° 58' 08.14" E
Elevation 206 feet
63 meters
Type Joint (Civil and Military)
Magnetic Variation 003° E (01/06)
Beacon Yes
Operating Hours 24 HOUR OPERATIONS
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry

TWR 118.3
GND 121.7
ATIS 126.225
APP 121.3

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
15R/33L 11155 x 148 feet
3400 x 45 meters
15L/33R 11483 x 148 feet
3500 x 45 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME KUA KUWAIT 102X 115.5 At Field -

Fuel Jet A1, without icing nhibitor.

100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)
Other Fluids LHOX, Low and high pressure oxygen servicing

OXRB, Oxygen replacement bottles

FUEL A1 (Aero Control Ltd. Kuwait Aviation C965-433-0507)(NC-100LL-prior arng rqr).
NS ABTMT Non-noise certificated subsonic airplane (NNC) OPS rstd dly btn 1830-0530Z.
TFC PAT Rwy 15R and 33R rgt hand tfc. Rwy 15L and 33L left hand tfc.

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