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With aviation contributing to almost every industry within the UAE, the development of airports to further facilitate travel is essential to the country’s continued growth.
Dubai International Airport has grown consistently over the years, allowing for greater numbers of visitors to come to Dubai. To improve several of its runways, the airport will be directing several airlines in the coming months to other airports within the UAE. Specific flights from flydubai, Jet Airways, PAL Express, Royal Brunei Airlines, Yemenia Airways, Equatorial Congo Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and Ural Airlines will be moved to Dubai World Central (DWC) over the 80-day period from May to July. Certain flights from Air India, Air India Express, Pakistan International Airlines and Cebu Pacific will arrive and depart from the Sharjah International Airport.
The 26% reduction in flights over this period is hoped to be made up during the remainder of the year by the increased air traffic capacity that the runway improvements will allow.
Increased air traffic at Al Maktoum International Airport, while temporary, will be good additional practice for airport and operations staff to prepare for World Expo 2020. The airport has been operating predominantly as a cargo shipping airport since opening in 2010, with just a few airlines operating passenger flights from there since October of last year.
Meanwhile, the Abu Dhabi International Airport is in the process of developing the Midfield Terminal Complex which is set to increase the airport’s capacity from its current 17.5 million passengers a year up to a staggering 55 million a year. It is due to open in July 2017 at a cost of Dh10.8 billion.
There are also big developments for Ras Al Khaimah International Airport. It will be hosting Air Arabia flights with regular routes to Jeddah, Cairo, Muscat, Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, Dhaka and Calicut.
* Dubai International Airport is currently improving its runways
* The Midfield Terminal is created to increase airport capacity
* Ras Al Khaimah International Airport hosts smaller airline flights
Source: Nicholas Baker, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer