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Kuwait International to implement SafeControl Apron Management

As result of an airport expansion project, Kuwait International Airport (KWI), plans to boost the airport’s facility’s capacity from current seven million passengers to 13 million in 2016 and in 2025 the capacity is predicted to 25 million passengers.



ADB SAFEGATE and Kuwait’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) have had a long and successful relationship with KWI, being the first airport in the world to adopt ADB SAFEGATE’s Gate Operating System (GOS) in the 1980s. DGCA have been committed to ensure the airport’s performance and have over the years upgraded from the initial inductive loop visual docking guidance system (VDGS) to the laser based Advanced VDGS (A-VDGS) in order to increase its safety and efficiency.


In an inauguration ceremony held in December of 2014, Kuwait International Airport (KWI) became the first airport in the MENA region to deploy operational SafeControl Apron Management. SafeControl Apron Management uses Safedock Advanced Visual Docking Guidance Systems (A-VDGS) as intelligent sensors to collect and distribute real-time gate intelligence and accurate flight information between airport, airline and air traffic control systems, making it a vital part of A-CDM, A-SMGCS and future concept of operations.


The main long-term objective is thereby to highlight a future concept of operations, with the system and procedures required in order to raise the efficiency level of today´s airport. This will allow the airport to utilize their infrastructure at a higher level.

Kuwait International - First airport in the MENA Region to implement SafeControl Apron Management

For more information contact ADB SAFEGATE Dubai, U.A.E.
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: +971 4 452 7575
Written by Mohammad Abu-Geras, ADB SAFEGATE 2015