Al Maktoum passenger terminal delayed again
October opening of terminal could be reviewed, says Dubai Airports
Dubai’s new Al Maktoum International Airport is likely to see another delay in the opening of its passenger terminal. Set to open in October, operator Dubai Airports has hinted at yet another delay.
Commenting on the October deadline, Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said: “It is still a possible time, but we are keeping it in review and will be making an announcement soon as and when we get more information.”
Dubai International is currently developing Terminal 2 and the new Concourse 3. Set to become the world’s first dedicated A380 facility, Concourse 3 will boost capacity from the current 60million passengers annually to 75million which, when combined with other facility enhancements and operational efficiencies, will boost capacity to 90 million by 2018.
Al Maktoum International is part of the $33 billion Dubai World Central project. When completed, it will be able to handle 160million passengers a year, making it one of the world’s largest airports.