Dubai to build world's largest airport

Posted: 29-Dec-16 11:19

Plans were recently announced for an expansion of Dubai's Al Maktoum International Airport which would make it the largest in the world. The expansion, which is expected to take 12 years to complete and cost roughly $35.7 billion, will make Al Maktoum the primary airport of Dubai. It is believed that 90 million tourists will pass through Dubai in 2017.

Dubai to build world's largest airport

According to a recent report in Bloomberg, Dubai is planning to build the world’s largest airport. When the airport is complete—a construction project expected to take 12 years—the airport will accommodate 220 million passengers annually.

The city is home to Al Maktoum International Airport, which opened in 2010, although only a small number of airlines currently operate from there. The proposed plan will involve a significant expansion of Al Maktoum.

In recent years, Dubai has become a hub of international tourism and has developed an initiative, Expo 2020, to increase the number of visitors to the city even more by 2020. It is estimated that 83 million visitors will have passed through the city by the end of 2016. Roughly 78 million visitors came to Dubai in 2015 and it is expected that the number will increase to 90 million in 2017, making it one of the most visited cities in the world. Though not currently the busiest airport in the world, Dubai’s terminals see the most international passengers of any airport.

The new airport, which is expected to cost $35.7 billion, will be at the centre of Dubai World Central, a 54-mile development which will also include residences, offices, and a golf course. Dubai hopes to move its flagship air carrier, Emirates, to the new airport by 2025. It is expected that the two airports will serve a combined 146 million passengers by that time.

The expansion of Al Maktoum involves building larger concourses and adding three new runways, bringing the total number of runways that can be used at the same time to 5. There will also be a new air traffic control tower and 64 airplane gates.

Within this decade, Dubai International Airport is expected to become the world’s busiest airport, surpassing Atlanta and Beijing. The increase in air traffic into the city accompanies the expansion of Emirates airline. The airport has already overtaken London Heathrow in the number of passengers serviced by the airport.

The Al Maktoum International Airport is planned to become the primary airport for Dubai.


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