Al Maktoum passenger terminal delayed again

When completed, Al Maktoum International Airport will have five runways, four passenger terminals able to accommodate 160 million arrivals a year, and 18 cargo terminals with a capacity of 12 million tons. A 21.5-square kilometre logistics centre will link the airport with the Jebel Ali Port, which has laid the foundations for a third terminal that could more than triple shipping capacity.


Dubai’s new Al Maktoum International Airport is likely to see another delay in the opening of its passenger terminal. Set to open in October, operator Dubai Airports has hinted at yet another delay.


Commenting on the October deadline, Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said: “It is still a possible time, but we are keeping it in review and will be making an announcement soon as and when we get more information.”

Dubai International is currently developing Terminal 2 and the new Concourse 3. Set to become the world’s first dedicated A380 facility, Concourse 3 will boost capacity from the current 60million passengers annually to 75million which, when combined with other facility enhancements and operational efficiencies, will boost capacity to 90 million by 2018.

Al Maktoum International is part of the $33 billion Dubai World Central project. When completed, it will be able to handle 160million passengers a year, making it one of the world’s largest airports.