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The Al Maktoum International Airport at the Dubai World Central (DWC) has touched new highs in the second quarter of 2014 to justify its billing as a significant part of the aviation growth story of Dubai.
The airport has delivered on all counts while handling 600 additional flights per week which were shifted from the Dubai International Airport due to runway upgrades. The new airport is firmly on track to combine with Dubai International Airport to ensure the aviation sector contributes around 32 per cent to Dubai’s Gross Domestic Product by 2020. During the second quarter of 2014, both passengers and cargo handled by DWC jumped more than three times from the first quarter.
The airport started its passenger operations in October last year, while cargo planes were using the facility since 2010. When fully complete, DWC will have the capacity of more than 160 million passengers and 12 million tons of cargo per annum.
The development of the airport, along with its proximity to the Expo 2020 site, has attracted a number of budget and mid-sized hotels to the area. This will benefit the tourists flying into Dubai via the new airport. Around 5,000 to 10,000 new hotel rooms will be made available in the next few years around DWC.
With major refurbishments of the runaways in Dubai International Airport, all eyes are now trained on the fourth concourse. This is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2015. Concourse D, which is part of the $7.8 billion expansion program, is expected to boost the airport’s capacity to over 100 million passengers annually by 2020. The airport would have welcomed around 70 million passengers by the end of this year.
Dubai has now joined the ranks of Tokyo and London among the global cities boasting two big operational airports.
• DWC witnessed huge growth in passengers and cargo in Q2 2014
• It will have more than 160m passengers per annum when finished
• Dubai joins Tokyo, London for having two big operational airports
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Source: S. Dhar, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer