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The expansion of Dubai’s second airport, the Al Maktoum International Airport located at the Dubai World Central (DWC), is picking up pace.
Around Dh120 billion will be invested in the next six to eight years to ensure the airport becomes the largest in the world. Phase one of the project will include two satellite buildings which will handle around 120 million passengers annually. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, currently the busiest airport in the world, handles around 94.4 million passengers annually.
The Al Maktoum International Airport started its operations as a cargo airport in 2010. Three years later, passenger aircraft started taking off from the new airport. Currently, around five million passengers can use the facilities at the airport.
After its phase one revamp, it is expected to accommodate around 100 A380 super jumbos at a given time while the cargo handling capacity will be boosted to 1.4 million tons every year.
DWC has announced that work has already commenced on a new executive terminal, which will cater exclusively to business jets in the region. The 6,000-square-meter terminal is located at DWC’s aviation district and is scheduled to be completed in the last quarter of 2015.
The terminal will also include facilities for customs and immigration. The construction is planned in a way that travellers can walk to the apron before boarding their jets.
The aviation zone is also primed to undertake various projects in aircraft maintenance. A painting facility for both wide and narrow-bodied aircraft will come up in DWC. Slated to be completed by the first quarter of 2017, the project is being built to handle 25 wide body aircraft and 35 narrow body aircraft every year.
• An aircraft painting facility is planned to be built at DWC
• The phase one of Dubai World Central expansion will take six to eight years
• A new executive terminal for business jets is being constructed
Source: S. Dhar, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer