Dubai: Al Maktoum Airport expansion due by Q1 2022
Al Maktoum International Airport at DWC is expected to become the largest in the world and will be developed in two phases
The expansion of Dubai's Al Maktoum International Airport will be completed by the first quarter of 2022, according to a senior official.
Khalifa Al Zaffin, executive chairman, Dubai Aviation City Corporation (DACC), said the expansion will increase the airport's annual passenger capacity from the current five million passengers to 130 million, as reported by Arabian Business.
In comments published in the July edition of Via Dubai, the official newsletter of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), Al Zaffin said: "Our current aim for Al Maktoum International Airport is twofold - to attract more airlines to operate from the airport and ease passenger traffic at Dubai International Airport until such time that Phase 1 of the new airport is ready.
"In that context, AMIA is currently undergoing an expansionary phase that will see its annual passenger handling capacity rise from the current five million to seven million by early 2016," he added.
Dubai Airports announced that Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has approved its plan to invest $32bn (AED120bn) expanding the emirate’s second airport.
Al Maktoum International Airport at DWC is expected to become the largest in the world and will be developed in two phases.
Phase one will include two satellite buildings which will jointly be able to handle around 120 million passengers annually, and accommodate up to 100 A380 superjumbos at any given time.
It is anticipated the airport will ultimately be able to accommodate more than 200 million passengers a year when complete, a quarter more than the previous estimate of 160 million.
Separately, Via Dubai quoted Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of DCAA and chairman of Dubai Airports, said aviation's importance will grow significantly in the run up to Expo 2020.
"We are developing Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai World Central (DWC) into the world's biggest airport with an annual capacity of over 220 million passengers.
Alongside, we continue to develop the Dubai International Airport which will handle 100 million passengers when the expansion plans get over," he said.