No need to establish an additional international airport – ARAB TIMES





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KUWAIT CITY, July 30: The Director General of Kuwait Municipality, Eng Ahmed Al-Manfouhi, said that the fourth structural plan of the State of Kuwait shows that there is no need for an additional international airport, and called on the authorities concerned to inform of the decision of the Municipal Council of January 10, 2022 allocating land in the north of the country for the construction of a new airport. Eng Al-Manfouhi said in a letter all the information related to the construction of a new airport in the northern region in the future, which ended with the approval of the city council, that according to the development and modernization As of the Third Structural Plan of the State of Kuwait 2005, analysis of previous airport policies indicated that there is a need to establish a second international airport. However, it is considered planning to continue providing capacity for such an airport in the state master plan.

Ahmad Al-Manfouhi, Director General of Kuwait Municipality

Location
He added that the location of the proposed airport site had been determined under the second revision of the structural plan in 1988 and in the third structural plan of the State of Kuwait in 1997. In 2005, another location for the airport has been proposed in the north of Kuwait Bay, west of Subbiya and east of the Sabriya field. Al-Manfouhi explained that this site was initially proposed for the airport to be well connected to the new port of Boubyan Island, to facilitate import and export operations, as well as to provide facilities for the ports. and allow it to serve the northern half. of the State of Kuwait with the least possible noise pollution and to create job opportunities.

The update of the structural plan in 2005 confirmed the need to study the proposal in more detail, particularly with regard to the need for a second international airport in the State of Kuwait due to its relatively small size and the selection of the site itself.

Al-Manfuhi pointed out that work is underway to adopt the fourth structural plan of the State of Kuwait, which indicates that there is no need to create an additional airport, as the expansion of the current airport will be sufficient to serve passengers with a capacity of 50 million passengers per year, and as a result of this expansion, it will increase air cargo traffic, and it will be connected to the terminal directly with the railway line according to the areas metro map such as Salmiya, Kuwait City, the airport building and the Sixth and Seventh Ring Roads. He revealed that, based on the decision of the City Council, coordination is underway with the General Directorate of Civil Aviation regarding what is indicated in the decision, and it is possible to take the necessary measures. However, the decision did not specify the areas and location

Decision
The decision of the city council, issued on January 10, 2022, regarding the allocation of a site in the north of the country for the construction of a new airport, did not specify details on the exact location of the construction of the airport. new airport, its area and the entity that will oversee it, or any additional information. It should be noted that the text of the decision of the city council was published as follows: “Approval of the proposal submitted by the deputy, Ahmed Hadyan Al-Enezi, concerning the allocation of land for the construction of a new airport in the northern region, because the proposal is in line with the studies and proposals of the fourth structural plan of the State of Kuwait.

Al-Qabas has learned that the municipality wrote to the DGCA on June 21, 2022 regarding the construction of the new airport in the northern region, and requested information about the decision of the municipal council, so that the municipality can complete the necessary procedures. depending on the systems in place.





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