25 Jul 2017

NACO is delighted to announce that it has been selected by the AVIC International Holding Corporation (AVIC INTL) for a redevelopment project on behalf of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). The works involve the design of several major redevelopments at Kuwait International Airport.

ATC tower designed by NACO (1986) | Royal HaskoningDHV

Aimed at boosting aviation safety in the region and ultimately increasing passenger capacity, AVIC INTL has enlisted NACO’s support for the creation of a brand new third runway, including all airside and landside infrastructure, the construction of a new Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower and the renovation of the existing East Runway. NACO’s work also involves the implementation of rainwater harvesting solutions in underground containers at the airport.

NACO will work closely with AVIC INTL, which will be responsible for construction during the project, to deliver the project alongside local engineering design firm Gulf Consult.
Working within strict timescales, the design of the three project elements is expected to be complete by February 2018, with construction expected to take place over the next five years. NACO has extensive experience working on projects such as this at Frankfurt International Airport, as well as those with similar environmental challenges such as Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Mr. Sun Jingfeng, Project Manager of AVIC INTL for the project commented: “We’re delighted to be working on the delivery of the new third runway and associated works at Kuwait International Airport. We’re very pleased to collaborate with NACO on this challenging project, as a trusted advisor in this field.”

Jelmer van der Meer, Director Airport Civil Engineering at NACO added: “This design contract builds on our long-standing relationship with Kuwait International Airport, having worked on projects at the airport since 1977. We were in fact involved in the design of the existing ATC back in 1986 so it’s a privilege to be continuing our work with this airport. We have a great track-record in this type of work and look forward to playing our part in this huge redevelopment work to provide the airport not only with improved connectivity, but also improved reliability and safety.”

The third runway will be 4.5 kilometres long and 60 metres wide, and will be capable of receiving aeroplanes such as the Airbus 380. It will also ease traffic on current runways and once the new runway is complete, the East Runway will be refurbished and enlarged to match the new third runway.