Dubai is set to overtake Heathrow as the world’s largest international airport. The emirate’s ruler Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has approved a $32 billion expansion plan for the Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central. Dubai International is currently the world’s seventh busiest airport, handling 66.4 million passengers. Once completed in an estimated six to eight years, it will have the capacity to handle more than 200 million passengers a year. While the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, currently the busiest airport in the world, handled 94.4 million passengers last year. Here are 5 things that we can expect from the world’s largest and busiest concourse:
5. The $32 billion expansion plan is expected to be the biggest airport project in the world. It would take place in two phases over six to eight years, with the entire development covering an area of 56 square kilometers.
4. In the first phase of expansion, Al Maktoum International plans to extend the runways and terminal space to handle 120 million passengers and 100 double-decker Airbus 380 jets at the same time.
3. The expansion plan would allow Dubai’s flagship carrier Emirates to shift its operations to the new airport after the first expansion phase is complete.
2. Dubai Airports estimated the broad aviation sector, including tourism and related businesses, would support over 322,000 jobs in the emirate and contribute 28 percent of its gross domestic product by 2020.
1. Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central upon completion will serve 200 million passengers a year, outdoing Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Currently, Dubai International is the seventh busiest airport.
[Via – IB-Times]