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$6b expansion plans for Dubai Airports

by Rana Jimaa on Jun 5, 2011


Airport develpment in Dubai is soaring.
Airport develpment in Dubai is soaring.

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Dubai airports are set for $6bn expansions and developments, announced Khalifa Al Zaffin, Executive Chairman of Dubai World Central, at the 11th edition of the Airport Show 2011.

The new expansions, to be completed 2020,  will increase Dubai airport’s capacity  to 90 million passengers a year, a significant increase from the current 60 million passengers. Construction will include development of the Concourse 4, expansion of Dubai airport’s Terminal 2, and services improvements.

Aviation City and Residential City at Al Maktoum Airport, Dubai World Central will also receive $1bn worth of investments for their development.

Phase 1 of the Al Maktoum airport project includes an Airbus A380 capable runway, 64 remote stands, one cargo terminal with annual capacity for 250,000 tonnes of cargo and a passenger terminal building designed to accommodate five million passengers per year. Other construction work includes a utilities complex, a 10km underground cargo tunnel to Jebel Ali port, baggage and cargo handling facilities, and other amenities.

Al Maktoum Airport is the GCC’s second largest active airport project, with an estimated value of US $8 billion.

If all goes to plan, Al Maktoum International Airport will be the largest passenger and cargo hub in the world. Capacity will be 160 million passengers and 12 million tonnes of cargo per year.



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