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Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, has asserted that the refurbishment of two runways at Dubai International Airport will enable the airport to absorb growing traffic.
In a recent edition of Via Dubai, the official newsletter of DCAA , he said: ''The project has been acknowledged as the biggest specialized refurbishment of airport runways in modern history. Dubai International Airport, ranked the world's second busiest international airport last year, is ready to reap the benefits of this major investment. We are working with confidence to accomplish our goal of welcoming 70 million passengers by the end of the year.''
Shaikh Ahmad also said the refurbishment will help Dubai's aviation industry in absorbing the anticipated increase in aircraft movement. The figures are expected to hit 1.2 million by 2020.
Mohammad Ahli, Director General of DCAA, said: ''The upgraded runways would go a long way in handling air traffic, which has been growing at a rate of 5-7 per cent annually.''
The runways are now equipped with high-speed turnoff, allowing aircraft to take-off faster and permit others to land or depart in a shorter space of time. Arrivals will increas from the present 33 to 45 an hour by 2016.
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Source: Property Weekly