Kuwait increases aviation service fees

Aviation fees charged on airlines for using landing, transit, parking and other facilities at Kuwait International Airport have been revised upward, said the Deputy Director General for Airport Affairs and Director of Engineering Department at the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Saleh Al-Fadaghi.

Al-Fadaghi confirmed that the decision to hike service fees had been approved by the Council of Ministers and follows an extensive study conducted by the DGCA to increase annual revenues from the airport. He also clarified that the fee increases varied from 20 percent to 100 percent, depending on the type of services provided, but were still cheaper than the service costs of airports in neighboring countries.

He also disclosed that new facial recognition technology would be implemented at the airport for the convenience of passengers as they would no longer have to show the personal details in their travel document to the immigration staff.

The opening of the new T4 terminal and the dedicated Al-Jazeera terminal have reduced the number of passengers flowing through the main terminal by over 50 percent, said Al-Fadaghi. He also disclosed that revenues for the 12-month period from August 2018 to August 2019 reached KD12.318 million, including revenues from investment sites (KD3.418) and services (KD8.910 million). Revealing other figures, Al-Fadaghi said that the number of flights so far this year reached 25,454 flights, while the number of passengers reached 3.733 million and the number of bags stood at 4.48 million.