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At Dubai Airports thinking long-term is an occupational necessity. Infrastructure development takes time. It starts with identifying requirements over a 10-15-year horizon based on...
Dubai — The Dubai International Airports, with planned $7.8 billion investment that will lead to an ultimate capacity of 100 million passengers a year, has revised growth projections from 103 million to 126 million passengers by 2020, and 200 million by 2030.
The stage is set for Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central (DWC), which is going to start its quest to become the world’s busiest airport with the launch of commercial passenger operations today.
“We are on track for the opening of Concourse 3 in the first quarter of next year as we start its first public trial run on Saturday,” Paul Griffiths, Dubai Airport’s Chief Executive Officer, told Gulf News on the sidelines of the Middle East Business Aviation exhibition that got underway at the Al Maktoum International Airport (AMIA) on Tuesday.
Based on the response of extensive customer research and feedback, Dubai Airports, airlines, ground handling and control agencies operating at the DXB applied a new alpha-numeric system across all airport signage and computer support systems during an intense and highly coordinated eight-hour window on Tuesday. The move impacted everything from flight information display screens to boarding cards and airport reservation systems and required a change in more than 1,500 signs.
Dubai International and Abu Dhabi International airports saw passenger traffic increase in the first half of the year as airlines launched new routes and frequencies. The passenger traffic at Dubai International jumped 13.7 per cent in the fist six months of the year, marking the busiest first half in the airport’s history, and in line with its target to meet the annual projected traffic of 56.5 million passengers.
It was a viral YouTube video that led Dubai Airports to be a winner at the first ever Travel + Leisure Social Media in Travel & Tourism Awards. Announced in New York on Thursday, Dubai Airports won in the ‘best use of a social media platform’ category for international airports.
Cargo volumes at Dubai World Central (DWC) have surged 382 per cent in the first three months of 2012, according to the quarterly traffic report issued by Dubai Airports on Wednesday. The airport, now only in its second full year of operation, recorded a 382.2 per cent increase in cargo volumes to 50,062 tonnes in the first quarter of the year, compared to 10,381 tonnes in the first three months of 2011.
Dubai’s major airport project, the US$34bn Al Maktoum International Airport, is likely to begin full commercial passenger services from 2027, the CEO of Dubai Airports has said. Part of the Dubai World Central (DWC) logistics complex, the new airport will replace Dubai International as the Middle East’s major aviation hub, and is scheduled to be the world’s largest airport by the time it opens.