Dubai’s newest airport, Al Maktoum International, will be the largest hub in the world, according to its chief executive.
Speaking to the BBC, he said the airport had to be built because Dubai’s air traffic is growing at more than 16% a year and the geographical constraints of Dubai International meant that it could not be expanded sufficiently to meet this demand.
This airport will be ‘at capacity’ by 2020, so the ‘masterplan’ for the new facility at Dubai World Central, which currently has just one runway and a capacity of 5-7m, is to expand Al Maktoum International until it can handle 160m passengers per year using five runways.
He also dismissed competition from other airports in the region, saying that there’s plenty of passengers to go around. More info