Kuwait Airport Arrivals & Departures KWI

Kuwait International airport
  • Address: Gazali Expressway, Farwiniyah, 13001, Kuwait City, Kuwait
  • Phone: +965 2431 9829
  • Email: isc@kuwait-airport.com.kw
  • Web: kuwaitairport.gov.kw

Airport Codes

  • International Air Transport Association (IATA): KWI
  • International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO): OKBK

KWI Arrivals today

KWI Departures today

About Kuwait International airport arrivals and departures

Airport Kuwait International Airport, located in Kuwait, 9-19 miles south of the city. Their time one is UTC + 3. Kuwait Airport will exist 100 years in 2027. The first Kuwait arrivals were already there in 1927. It was then mainly used by the English on the way to India. It took many decades before a new airport structure was opened in 1979. Another two decades later they started to improve and enlarge the terminal building. This has ensured to meet the growing demand of Kuwait departures. There were more check-in counters, a new entrance and a larger parking garage. In 2011, plans were made to expand even further. The first phase would bring the capacity to 14 million annual passengers and the optional phase to as much as 25 million passengers. The first phase was finally completed in 2016. A state-of-the-art terminal designed by Foster and his partners is currently under construction.

Busiest flight routes
Ground transportation Kuwait Airport

Many Kuwait Arrivals go to the rental car companies to rent a car. There are several well-known agencies but also local ones:

  • Terminal 1: Al-Khalijia, Araba, Avis, Behbehani Group, Dollar, Drive, Hertz, Makfm, National and Rekab
  • Terminal 4: Budget and Amirni Limousine Services

There are also always taxis ready to continue your journey. For a cheaper trip you can also go by bus. There are Kuwait departures between 4:30 am and 11:45 pm with bus number 13, 99 and 501. You could travel by public transport. There are several bus lines. In the terminal, ask at the information desk which one is most convenient for you. Prices range from 5KD to 20KD.

  • Farwaniya bus number 13, 99 and 501 but also Airport Express X3 and X4
  • Fahaheel bus timings Airport Express X1 City Bus drives 24/7 with Wi-Fi, USB charging and Luggage area.
  • Salmiya bus is the Airport Express X2 City Bus.


  • To Kuwait City Center: continue on King Faisal Rd/Road 50 for 15.0 km. Follow Abdulla Al Salem St/Road 350 and Abdulaziz Hamad Al Saqer St/Road 150 to Mubarak Al Kabeer St. Continue onto Abdulla Al Salem St/Road 350 and keep left and stay on Abdulla Al Salem St/Road 350. Turn right onto Abdulaziz Hamad Al Saqer St/Road 150. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and continue onto Abdulaziz Hamad Al Saqer St/Road 150. Turn left onto Mubarak Al Kabeer St to enter the center of Kuwait City to arrive.
Kuwait airport terminals
Kuwait international airport departures  terminal map first floor




Kuwait airport departures zones:

Check-in zone 1:

  • Kuwait Airways – Aviation Slovak – Greek Airlines
  • Czech Airlines – Gulf Air – Bulgaria Air
  • Saudia Airlines – Syrian Airlines – Tarco Airlines
  • Salam Airlines – Atlasglobal Airlines – The Airline of the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Nile Air – Iran Aseman Airlines – Fly Bosnia
  • Air India – Middle East Airlines – Bangladeshi Airlines
  • Indian Express – Onur Air

Check-in zone 2:

  • Emirates Airline – German Airlines – Air Arabia
  • Etihad Airways – Oman Air – Air Mediterranean
  • Ukrainian airlines – Jet Airways – Cham Wings Airlines
  • Singapore Airlines – Tunis air – Sun Air
  • Egyptian International – Jordan Aviation – Azerbaijan Airlines

Check-in zone 3:

  • Turkish Airlines – KLM Royal Dutch Airlines – Jazeera Airways
  • Qatar Airways – British Airways Aviation – Bahrain Air
  • Nas Air (Saudi Arabia) – Qreven airline – Air Koryo
  • Delta Airlines – Ethiopian Airlines – Maha Lanka
  • Iraqi Airways

Check-in zone 4:

  • Egypt Air – Pakistan International Airlines – Fly Egypt
  • India Air – Jet Airways – Air Cairo
  • Sri Lanka Airlines – Air China – IndiGo Airlines
  • Air Arabia – Ethiopian Airlines – Pegasus airlines
  • Yemen Airways – Malaysia Airlines – Afghan Airlines
  • Shaheen Air – Air Arabia Egypt – Iran’s Mahan
  • United Airlines – Royal Jordanian Airlines
Kuwait international airport departures terminal ground floor

The Kuwait Airport arrivals hall is located on the ground floor. After arriving by plane you will get off on the first floor. You will then be led to ground floor. Go through the passport check before you arrive at the baggage claim area. Then walk through the customs to the KWI airport arrivals hall where there are many shops and other services.

Terminal map ground floor


Terminal 2 is scheduled to be completed in 2023. As a result, the airport will grow significantly and increase capacity with 28 gates, thousands of parking spaces, a 400-bed hotel and an additional 13 million arrivals and KWI airport departures.

Terminal 3 is for private flights.

Terminal 4 is used by Kuwait Airways with international Kuwait departures to:

Terminal 5 (T5) is connected to Terminal 1 and offers flights for the airline Jazeera Airways. Jazeera Airways offers similar routes compared to Kuwait Airways but there is more focus on the region destinations.

They are currently building a complete new terminal.

New terminal project:


There are currently 3 terminals open (Terminal 1, 4 and 5). Most airlines use terminal 1 which is in the main building. Terminal 1 is the largest terminal and provides both domestic and international Kuwait international airport arrivals and departures. On the ground floor is Kuwait flight arrivals hall and first floor is Kuwait flight departures hall where there are 4 check-in areas.

Restaurants, Cafes and Shops

An Airport Mall is also adjacent to the terminal. This is a large modern project with many shops, food and beverage outlets. It is easy to reach via the arrivals level. After arrival for passengers but for when you have a meet and greet. You can also visit the mall if you are planning a departure from Kuwait. There is also a lot of parking space.

There are also restaurants, cafes and shops in the terminals. You can go here at Baskin Robbins, Cafe Coco, Costa, KFC, McDonald’s, Starbucks and Pizza Express besides many other options.

Even if you want to buy clothes, perfume or electronics, the possibilities are endless. Feel free to drop by Al Shaya Perfume, World Duty Free, Nagwa and WHSmith.

Flight arrivals and departures Kuwait airport

The airport has 2 runways available for all Kuwait arrivals with lengths of 11,100 and 11,500 feet. From the year 2015 to 2019, Kuwait Airport has seen continuous growth in passenger transportation. More and more Kuwait airport departures go to places all over the world. In 2019 there were the most Kuwait flight  departures and arrivals in history. A total of 15,448,909 passengers were transported there. Kuwait International Airport has also been hit by the corona crisis and is therefore seeing the figures fall sharply. With an extra terminal to be completed in a few years, plans remain grand to bring more Kuwait airport arrivals and departures.


Although Kuwait is often rated as one of the worst airports, that may change with the new terminal. Until then, however, the passengers who arrive see that it was often not well organized, not as clean as expected and the person was not exactly friendly.


There is a transit hotel directly on the airport grounds. That is Safir Airport Hotel. It is a simple 3 star hotel but in itself it offers everything you need. If you want to stay a bit more luxurious, we recommend the following hotels:

  • Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn Kuwait al Thuraya City, an IHG Hotel (5 star hotels and a 5-10 drive via the airport rd.)
  • The Grand Hyatt Kuwait is just a little further but it is a wonderful hotel to stay in.