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Dubai International Airport is predicted to be busier than Heathrow by 2016. Heathrow airport is currently the world’s busiest international passenger air hub, however, its owners have admitted that they will not be able to stop Dubai from overtaking it in terms of usage. Heathrow is operated by British Airport Authority (BAA) and an executive has admitted to 7DAYS that it is powerless to compete with Dubai’s growth.
Sometime in the next four years, Dubai International Airport will become the world's busiest airport, surpassing Heathrow with nearly 80 million international passengers a year. Airport officials predict as many as 98.5 million international passengers will pass through by 2020, more than twice as many as the 47.2 million that passed through in 2010.
We have experienced the delays and queues at Heathrow, somewhat eased over the last two years by the opening of Terminal 5. But the Heathrow experience still compares unfavourably with the ease of moving through the spacious halls of Dubai’s new terminal, while massive expansions are under way at Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, not to mention the new Al Maktoum International Airport.