Kuwait International Airport (KWI)

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Kuwait International Airport (KWI)
AddressKuwait International Airport, Gazali Expressway, Kuwait City, Kuwait
Telephone2431 9829 or 161
Number of terminals1
Time zoneGMT Arabia Standard Time: GMT/UTC +3
LocationKuwait International Airport is located 16km (10 miles) south of Kuwait City.
Airport codeKWI
Airport newsA major expansion of the airport (including a second terminal) is due to be completed in 2016. Some flights are currently being diverted to the Sheikh Saad Terminal, the airport’s hub for private flights, due to overcrowding.
Driving directionsAirport Road leads directly southwards from Kuwait City center to the airport. Alternatively, take the southbound Riyad Road and merge onto King Faisal Motorway. Continue to the sixth ring road and take the signed airport exit.
Car rentalAvis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty, and Sixt are represented at Kuwait International Airport. Desks for these companies are located in the arrivals area.
Public transport and taxisBus: Buses to Kuwait City (route 501) depart from outside Arrivals. The travel time is about 30 minutes, and the fare is around KD0.25.
Taxi: Taxis (tel: 431 9829) are readily available; the taxi desk is located in Arrivals on the ground floor. The fare to the city center is KD5–6. It is recommended that travelers agree on the fare in advance with the driver.
Car parkingShort- and long-term parking, with a capacity of around 2,500 vehicles, is available at Kuwait International Airport. Among the options is a multistory parking garage immediately adjacent to the commercial center and a parking lot located on street level next to Arrivals. Passengers can reach the departures hall using escalators, travelators, and elevators to the first floor of the terminal building. A long-term parking facility is situated a short distance away from the terminal building. Valet parking is also available.
Information and help desksAirport information desks are located in the arrivals area (tel: 180 ext. 1523) on the ground floor of the terminal building, in the departures area (tel: 180 ext. 1522), and in the transit area.
Airport FacilitiesMoney: There are two banks that also provide currency exchange services.
Communications: Public telephones are located at various locations and there are two mobile telephone rental outlets. Internet access and fax and photocopying facilities are also available in the terminal.
Food: There is a good choice of restaurants and cafés in the food court after the security area. Numerous options are also available in the commercial center next to the arrivals hall.
Shopping: There are two duty-free shops in the terminal, as well as a wide range of shops in the commercial center adjacent to the terminal building.
Luggage: Reports or inquiries regarding lost or found items can be made to the lost property office (tel: 2474 4256). An online form to report lost items is available on the airport’s website.
Other facilities: Other facilities at the airport include a nursery, several prayer areas, and a medical center. A children’s play zone is situated in the departures hall.
Conference and business facilitiesThere are two first-class lounges with fax and Internet facilities. Internet and business services, as well as secretarial support, courier services, and a conference room, are also available from the business center at the on-site Safir Airport Hotel (tel: 2472 5000; www.safirhotels.com).
Disabled facilitiesElevators take passengers from the ground floor to the first floor. Wheelchairs are available on request; passengers requiring special assistance should inform their airline prior to travel. Reserved parking is available for disabled passengers.
Airport hotelsThere is one hotel at Kuwait International Airport, but it is for the use of transit passengers only. Another option is located nearby, but most hotels are in the city; some of these offer shuttle services to the airport. Our Kuwait International Airport guide includes the following hotels:

Safir Airport Hotel
The Safir Airport Hotel is located within the airport's restricted zone, next to the east part of the runway. It can be reached by courtesy bus, but can only be used by transit passengers. Under Kuwaiti air transport law, passengers facing a wait of more than eight hours for a connecting flight are entitled to free rooms at the hotel, courtesy of the airline.
Kuwait International Airport
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Tel: 2472 5000.
Web: www.safirhotels.com

Crowne Plaza Kuwait City
Housing a spa, meeting space, and a fitness center, the Crowne Plaza Kuwait City is a short ride from the airport via the hotel's complimentary shuttle bus service. Among the hotel's many dining options are Lebanese, Italian, Japanese, and steak restaurants, as well as eateries serving local delicacies.
55 Airport Road
Farwaniya, Kuwait
Tel: 2474 2000.
Web: www.ichotelsgroup.com

Sheraton Kuwait Hotel & Towers
The opulent Sheraton Kuwait Hotel & Towers is located in Kuwait City's business district. As well as a range of on-site dining options, from English afternoon tea to Lebanese cuisine, there are various business services and a health club. The hotel shares its outdoor pool with the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, which is located nearby.
Safat, Fahd Al-Salem Street
Kuwait City 13060, Kuwait
Tel: 2242 2055.
Web: www.starwoodhotels.com

Hilton Kuwait Resort
Boasting its own private beach, Hilton Kuwait City is 30 minutes from Kuwait International Airport by free shuttle bus. Hotel facilities include extensive on-site dining options, two swimming pools, a fitness center, and a spa.
Fahaheel 64009
Mangaf 7887, Kuwait
Tel: 2225 6222.
Web: www.hilton.com
Full airport nameKuwait International Airport
CityKuwait City
State or provinceKuwait
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