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Dubai airport officials arrested a gang of Georgian nationals while they attempted to smuggle huge quantity of gold jewellery and valuable watches outside the country.
Dubai's airport authorities say a purpose-build concourse for Airbus' A380 aircraft is fully open after weeks of phased-in operations. The aircraft is a double-decker that seats 525 people and is so large some airports have to be adjusted to accommodate it. The 20-gate concourse, which hosted its inaugural flight on Jan. 2, is part of a wider $7.8 billion expansion plan for Dubai's international airport, which seeks to become the world's busiest by 2015.
In a land of superlatives — the biggest shopping mall, the tallest skyscraper — construction workers have been toiling in the desert to add one more: the world’s biggest airport. That’s what Al Maktoum International Airport will be when it’s finished, a monstrous aerial hub with five runways and three sprawling terminals able to handle upwards of 160 million passengers a year.
In mid-2010, it opened a second international airport, Al Maktoum International, for cargo operations, and soon that will include passenger traffic. The airport says it expects that Al Maktoum will eventually become the world's largest airport, with an annual capacity of 160 million passengers and 12 million tonnes of cargo.
To facilitate the airport's growth, infrastructure investment continues even as the new Dubai World Central Al Maktoum International is being built. Griffiths said that Concourse 3 is on track for completion by the end of next year, which will add capacity for 15 million passengers, taking DIA's total ability to handle 75 million passengers.
Dubai International Airport plans to expand its annual capacity from 60 million to 75 million over the course of the next year, servicing Airbus A380’s on Concourse 3. Al-Maktoum International Airport is currently being developed on a site next to the existing international facility and will open for passenger travel in March 2011. Due to Dubai’s dependency on funnelling passengers from Europe and Asia through to other destinations, the desert city has left itself wide open for competitors to take advantage of this popular market.
The airport handled 4.3 million passengers in July 2010, up from 3.77 million in July 2009 and exceeded its highest ever monthly total by over 300,000 passengers. Traffic growth from Eastern Europe, up 219 percent, Asia, up 34 percent and Russia/CIS up 29 percent, was particularly strong, said Dubai Airports.
The Dubai's International Airport finds place in the list of top 20 airports of the World according to an Airports Council International (ACI). Beijing, Bangkok and San Francisco have also figured in the list due to huge customers rush and quality services offered at the airport.