Still Building At Dubai International, While Down The Road Dubai’s New Airport Set To Handle 26 Million Pax
Speaking at Arabian Travel Market 2015 this week, Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths confirmed that construction is expected to begin later this year on the expansion of Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central’s, aka DWC’s, existing passenger terminal to boost the current capacity of 6 million passengers a year to 26 million.
With the current Dubai International nearing its capacity limit due to the ongoing rapid growth of passenger traffic, he said that DWC will play an increasingly important role in absorbing additional traffic, with an $US32bn expansion project announced last September to create the world’s biggest airport with an ultimate capacity in excess of 200 million passengers per year.
Griffiths said that as part of the existing passenger terminal expansion, the check-in area, baggage and immigration halls, as well as security screening areas, will be substantially expanded while the forecourt will be improved to ensure easier access to the parking and drop-off areas.
When complete, the passenger terminal will provide a total of 24 boarding gates, 7 baggage reclaim carousels and an increase to 104 check-in desks.
Construction is currently expected to be completed by the end of Q1 2017 with the expanded facility opening shortly afterwards following the successful completion of a thorough testing and trial programme.
Mr Griffiths added, “With traffic growth continuing at a rapid pace, the expansion of the current facility at DWC will help us accommodate future demand while the construction of the $32 billion programme is in progress.”
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Written by : John Alwyn Jones