Kuwait should witness rapid growth in its air cargo and passenger traffic in the next ten years, which will generate an annual revenue worth USD 800 million, the country's Civil Aviation Authority predicted.
According to recent indications, some 42 million travelers will converge on Kuwait International Airport by the year 2037, subsequently sparking a potential job boom, the Kuwaiti aviation regulator's chief Sheikh Salman Al-Sabah said amid talks with his counterparts from across the region.
He spoke of how Kuwait's civil aviation authority has gone back to the drawing board as part of efforts to push the country's national development plan, which aims to transform Kuwait into a regional hub.
The talks revolve around matters of mutual concern and issues germane to the aviation sector, which run the gamut from safety and security to procedures and regulations, added the Kuwaiti official.
Kuwait's aviation regulator, in close collaboration with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which celebrates 75 years since its inception, is in the process of drawing up new legislation to make sure procedures meet international standards, he revealed.
ICAO's secretary general Dr. Fang Liu said she was glad Kuwait is hosting the latest round of talks, saying the country has always supported the region's thriving aviation sector.
On the Gulf country's aviation industry, she said tangible growth has been seen as of late, hoping that such progress would remain on an upward trajectory.