$7.8bn Dubai airport expansion takes off

Dubai International will be world's busiest airport by 2015

Major expansion plans mooted for Dubai International Airport (pictured), in conjunction with Dubai World Central.
Major expansion plans mooted for Dubai International Airport (pictured), in conjunction with Dubai World Central.

A total of $7.8bn has been committed for the further expansion of Dubai International Airport. This means it will effectively have double the footprint of Heathrow Terminal 5 in London by 2015.

While Concourse 3 will be completed by the end of 2012, Dubai Airports will commission the construction of an additional 675,000m2 of terminal space and concourse areas.

Additional aircraft movements will be accommodated with a new taxiway and a 60% increase in the number of stands needed to park and service aircraft.

A remote baggage facility will also be constructed, together with a high-speed baggage link. Cargo capacity will be augmented with a 30,000m2 expansion of the cargo terminal.

Dubai Airports chief executive Paul Griffiths said cargo freighters and general aviation will be encouraged to gradually move to Dubai World Central (DWC) to make room for increased passenger traffic at Dubai International.

During 2018-2023, with construction completed at the latter, construction of Phase 2 at DWC will accelerate. Once completed, DWC will have five runways, capacity for 160m passengers and 12m tons of cargo a year.

"This is another landmark moment in Dubai's proud aviation history, and sets us firmly on course to become the world's busiest airport for international passenger traffic by 2015," said Griffith.

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