Kuwait International Airport
Located 9.5 miles (15.5km) south of Kuwait City, Kuwait International Airport has a single terminal that serves over eight million passengers each year. The facility does not have the grandeur of the airports in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, but is still home to a gigantic shopping mall, with many popular retailers and an array of dining options. Interested passengers can also visit the Kuwait Airport Museum once through customs.
The cavernous facility is unfortunately known for long queues, as the airport is currently operating at capacity. A second terminal is under construction though, and when it opens (scheduled for 2021) they estimate an improved capacity of nearly 25 million passengers per year. Flights to Kuwait International Airport come in from destinations around Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, with select routes to North America.
The airport is situated 10 miles (16km) from Kuwait City.
Getting to the city
Taxis and buses are available to take passengers to Kuwait City. Taxis are reasonably priced, but it is important to travel with reputable companies. There are three bus lines operating between 4.30am and 11.45pm, and can often be crowded. The trip to the city centre takes around 30 minutes.
Tel: +965 2431 9829
A car rental desk is located in Arrivals and includes companies like Avis, Budget, and Hertz.
There are many different taxi companies and types of taxis available from the airport. It is advisable to book a taxi at Arrivals, as drivers are notorious for overcharging unsuspecting travellers.
The first-class lounges offer five-star catering, a children's play area, hot shower facilities and high-speed internet. The Commercial Centre Complex is linked directly to the Arrival and Departure halls of the airport terminal and includes facilities such as duty-free shopping and popular retailers, as well as a variety of food and beverage outlets. Other services offered are banks, a help desk and facilities for the disabled.
There is a multi-storey car park next to the mall and a street-level car park outside of the arrivals hall available for both short- and long-term stays. There is also a valet parking service available.
Flights to Kuwait International Airport are available on Air Arabia, Air India, British Airways, EgyptAir, Emirates, Etihad, Jazeera Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Syrian Arab Airlines and Turkish Airlines.
There are several wifi hotspots at Kuwait International Airport, including the check-in area, departure gates, and many shops and restaurants in the Commercial Centre.
Several first-class lounges in the main building offer basic business services like internet, while more comprehensive facilities are available in the Safir Airport Hotel, including conference rooms.
Kuwait International Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.