Kuwait, officially the State of Kuwait and formerly known as Kureyn, is a country in Western Asia. It is located near the northernmost tip of the Persian Gulf in Eastern Arabia, bordering Saudi Arabia to the south and Iraq to the north.
Kuwait also shares maritime borders with Iran. Kuwait’s coastline stretches for around 500 Kilometers. The Kuwaiti capital city urban agglomeration is home to the majority of the country’s inhabitants. Kuwait has a population of 4.67 million as of 2022, 1.85 million of them are Kuwaiti natives and the rest 2.8 million are foreigners from more than 100 other nations.
Spending on domestic travel and tourism in Kuwait increased to $6.1 billion in 2020 (from $1.6 billion in 2019), with family tourism showing the fastest growth. With an 11.6 percent year-over-year rise in travel and tourism GDP in 2019, the World Travel & Tourism Council “WTTC” Designated Kuwait as one of the world’s fastest-growing nations.
Tourists accounted for 1.5 percent of the GDP. Sabah Al Ahmad Sea City is one of Kuwait’s biggest attractions.
The country’s main airport is Kuwait International (KWI) which is situated around 15 kilometers from the center of Kuwait City – about a half-hour drive. The airport is a hub for Kuwait Airways, the national airline, and Jazeera Airways, a low-cost carrier in Kuwait. OKBK is operational 24/7 and is the main airport of entry for commercial schedule and non-schedule operations. The main international terminal is used for both commercial passenger and freight operations.
Sheikh Saad Terminal is a general aviation terminal that is used for all private and business non-schedule flights, while the Amiri Terminal is used for government and diplomatic flights only.
There are two other military terminals at Kuwait airport, the Kuwait Air Force terminal, and the U.S. military terminal.
There is another airport in Kuwait, which is Ali Al Salem Air Base. The operation there is strictly military with regards to both cargo and passenger flights.
Kuwait International Airport (KWI) Terminals and Airlines
Terminal 1 is The main structure at Kuwait International Airport has 16 gates and accommodates the majority of incoming and departing aircraft, with the exception of those operated by Jazeera Airways, Kuwait Airways, Aegean Airlines, and Flydubai, which operate out of the other terminals.
Restaurants, Duty-free stores, security checkpoints, and 4 lounges are also located in the terminal.
Foster + Partners’ Terminal 2 will construct a triangle structure with 28 gates, 4,500 more parking spaces, and a 400-bed air-side hotel, increasing the airport’s overall capacity by 25–50 million people annually. The new terminal is environmentally sustainable. One of the biggest green airport initiatives ever is this one. It plays a crucial role in Kuwait Vision 2035.
Aegean Airlines and flydubai were the only users of Terminal 3, a modest structure that was originally known as the Sheikh Saad General Aviation Terminal and designed for private aircraft until it was closed down because of the construction of Terminal 2.
Kuwait Airways, the country’s flag carrier, operates all flights out of Terminal 4, which was officially opened on August 8th, 2018. The Spanish division of the American business AECOM developed the structure, and Cengiz Insaat and First Kuwaiti Contractor collaborated on its construction. It is located in a special structure on the airport site that is 55,000 square meters in size and close to the cargo handling facilities.
With a capacity for 8 planes at once, it has 9 boarding bridge gates and 5 bus gates. Terminal 4 relieves traffic at Terminal 1 and has a capacity of 4.5 million passengers annually. A dedicated surface lot next to the terminal that is connected to the building by a bridge has 2,450 extra parking places for cars.
Jazeera Airways, a low-cost airline located in Kuwait, uses Terminal 5 entirely as of May 2018. It is connected to Terminal 1 but has separate entrances and exits, as well as check-in areas, security checkpoints, lounges, and stores. Additionally, it has three departure gates, as well as customs and arrival belts. Additionally, it provides 350 parking spots in a building with many stories that are connected by a bridge to Terminal 5.
|Air Arabia||Iran Air|
|Air India||Jazeera Airways|
|Air India Express||Jordan Aviation Kam Air|
|Al Masria Universal Airlines||Kuwait Airways|
|Azerbaijan Airlines||Mahan Air|
|Biman Bangladesh Airlines||Middle East Airlines|
|British Airways||Nile Air|
|Bulgaria Air||Oman Air|
|Cham Wings Airlines||Pakistan International Airlines|
|Ethiopian Airlines||Royal Jordanian|
|Etihad Airways||Salam Air|
|Fly Egypt||Sri Lankan Airlines|
|Gulf Air||Turkish Airlines|
Landing permits are required for all types of flights operating into the country. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation is the authority responsible for issuing overflight and landing permits.
While the regulatory lead time required for applying for permits is 72 hours, Kuwait DGCA may issue the permit at shorter notice. Once issued, the permit is valid for 24 hours from the estimated time of arrival.
Required Information to Obtain Permit
- Complete flight schedule
- Lead passenger Details (Only for Passenger Flight)
- Entry/Exit points & Air Traffic Service “ATS” Routing
- Consignee & Consigner Details for Cargo Flights
- Aircraft Documents [ AOC, COA, COI, CON, COR]
Kuwait CAA will issue air navigation bills directly to airline/operator
Ground Handling Services
Kuwait Airways Handling, a subsidiary of Kuwait Airways and National Air Services, is the main commercial ground handler. Royal Aviation is the ground handling provider responsible for serving private and business flights being handled at Sheikh Saad Terminal in Kuwait Airport.
At Abdullah Al Mubarak Air Base in KWI Airport, CAV International is the only ground handling company available.
Besides the above, there are local supervisory flight support providers who act as station managers who coordinate all the services necessary for the smooth operation of the flight, besides the comfort of the passengers and the convenience of the crew.
Aviation Fuel Supply in Kuwait
KAFCO provides all of the aviation fuel used at Kuwait International Airport, and it does into-plane refueling operations around the clock. Refueling is done by a well-trained crew utilizing a Hydrant System and Refueling Tankers outfitted with High-Tech Equipment. Jet A-1, Mobil Jet Oil II, and Exxon Hyjet IV-A Plus are among the products on offer. Upon request, avgas 100LL is available. At Kuwait International Airport, items are given at fair costs.
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General Declaration with uniform and crew ID is sufficient for the crew to enter the country.
As for passengers, certain nationalities are allowed to enter with a visa obtained upon arrival. The list of nationalities includes USA, UK, France, Italy, Germany, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Finland, Spain, Monaco, the Vatican, Iceland, Andorra, San Marino, Liechtenstein, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, South Korea, and China.
Some other nationalities can obtain visas through Kuwait Airways offices, as the airline has an online facility to process the visa through the Ministry of Interior. All other nationals visiting for business are subject to visa rules requiring a local Kuwaiti sponsor for the visa issuance
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