NEW DELHI: Dubai Airports (DA), which owns and manages the operations and development of the two airports in Dubai, considers India its topmost market as it accounted for 6.84 million air travellers last year.
Seven airlines, including five from India, were operating into the two airports in Dubai — Dubai International and Dubai World Central (DWC), from as many as 17 Indian cities, Lorne Riley, Head of Corporate Communications of DA, told reporters here.
He said the maximum number of people travelled on the Mumbai-Dubai route, followed by those from Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore.
Estimating a major growth in overall passenger traffic, Riley said traffic to Dubai International reached “a historic 50.9 million in 2011 and is projected to cross 56.5 million by this year end, making it the world’s fourth busiest airport for international passengers.”
This airport was also the world’s fourth busiest hub for freight with 2.19 million tonnes (MT) recorded last year.
Elaborating on its expansion plans, Riley said Dubai International’s annual capacity of handling 60 million passengers would jump to 75 million on completion of “the world’s first dedicated facility for superjumbo Airbus A-380.”
On DWC, Riley and DA’s Media Relations Manager Zaigham Ali said this airport’s expansion would increase Dubai’s airport capacity to accommodate 48 per cent increase in cargo volumes that is anticipated by 2015.
“In the long-term, it will serve as a multi-modal logistics hub for 12 MT of freight and a global gateway for 150 million passengers for annum that are expected to pass through Dubai by 2030,” Ali said.
Noting that Dubai was strategically located as 2/3 of world population lived within a range of an eight-hour flight and the rest within four hours, Riley said over 150 airlines used Dubai Airport to connect 212 destinations the world over. More info