Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International Airport is set to become the world's biggest airport, capable of handling 200 million passengers each year and up to 100 Airbus A380 aircraft at any one time.
The early phase of the design project incorporates two satellite buildings with a collective capacity of 120 million passengers annually, before later expanding further to reach the 200 million figure.
All up, the A$35 billion project is set to host five parallel runways, will cover an area of 56 square kilometres and should be complete within six to eight years.
Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, said: “With limited options for further growth at Dubai International, we are taking that next step to securing our future by building a brand new airport that will not only create the capacity we will need in the coming decades but also provide state of the art facilities that revolutionise the airport experience on an unprecedented scale.”
The emirate’s main airport – Dubai International (DXB), used by both Qantas and Emirates – is expected to top 100 million passengers each year by the end of 2020.
From the mid-2020s, Dubai Airports expects Emirates to relocate its intercontinental flights from Dubai International to the monstrous Al Maktoum International Airport.
As DWC is a separate airport rather than an additional terminal at Dubai International, passengers flying into one airport but onward from the other need to clear immigration, collect their bags and make their way to the second airport in time for their flight.
Griffiths expects that Dubai’s aviation sector will support more than 322,000 jobs and contribute 28% of the emirate’s GDP by 2020.
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