Kuwait International Airport (KIA) located in Farwaniya, 16km south of Kuwait city. It serves as the only International Airport for Kuwait. The airport is the hub of Kuwait Airways and Jazeera Airways and houses the Kuwait Air Force headquarters. The increased growth of air-traffic in the region led to a program to expand the airport to establish a new hub in the region. The project is executed by the Ministry of Public Works (MPW). For the design of the new Terminal 2, a team headed by Foster + Partners was selected. The 550.000 sqm terminal, currently under construction, will set new standards of quality and passenger experience.
In the design team Deerns was responsible for the airport specific systems in and around the terminal. The high esthetical ambition of the client coupled with state-of the- art technology has resulted in many innovative solutions. The functional requirements will take in account the best practices IATA, the ACI Policies and the local Kuwaiti regulations and demands. All Airport operational systems will be the latest state-of-the-art, yet proven technology. To maintain a minimal architectural interference and impact of passenger experience, the system designs were discussed with the architects first before the specifications were finalized.
One of the main priorities when designing the security systems for Kuwait International Airport is the comfort and the respect for privacy of the passengers, which Deerns took specific care of in the security design. The airports’ Security Access Control System will restrict access to critical areas. This system is designed in accordance with fire strategy in the unlikely event an emergency. Personal identification cards in combination with biometric access control will give staff easy access to authorized working areas. The passenger & baggage and the hold baggage screening is designed to achieve 100% screening. The video surveillance system is integrated for multiple stakeholders. All equipment complies with the latest international standards.
Clean apron concept
To minimize the risk of collision and the amount of airport staff necessary for the aircraft handling, Deerns implemented the clean apron concept. This is focused around the use of fixed apron systems instead of using vehicles. This concept features underground aircraft handling systems such as Aircraft Ground Power (400 Hz), Pre-Conditioned Air, Sanitary Services and Fuel.
The telecommunication Network System is a telecommunications infrastructure with high availability and acts as a central nerve system for all operations and process within the facility. The concept is a single converged data network for all systems and will be based on structured cabling, IP protocol and wireless technologies. The airports Local Area Network will include external connections to providers, to the Internet and WAN connections to external locations on the Airport.