Dubai endorses US$32 billion Al Maktoum International airport expansion into World’s largest airport

Al Maktoum International airport
Design of the to-be world's largest airport, Al Maktoum International airport: the facility will have capacity to handle 120 million passengers per year

A plan to expand Al Maktoum International airport at Dubai World Central into the world’s largest airport has been endorsed by the Dubai’s top government organ. Planned expansion of the facility will see the Al Maktoum airport handle 200 million passengers per year.

The first phase of expansion works at the Al Maktoum International airport will aim at establishing facility that will handle 120 million passengers per year. The facility is also supposed to accommodate 100 mammoth Airbus A380 double-decker jets any time once completed. This will involve building enough runway and terminal space. The first phase will also involve adding two new runways and two large concourses that will each house several aircraft gates.

Handling millions of passengers per year, the facility will surpass the 94.4 million people capacity handled last year by the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

To indicate the nature of the expansive work at the Al Maktoum International airport, the first phase expansion is to take six to eight years. That included, Paul Griffiths, chief executive of state-backed airport operator Dubai Airports indicated that six to eight years was aggressive timeline. He added, “’It’s a very aggressive time scale…”

Later construction works for the to-be world’s largest airport will see through establishment of five parallel runways, each spaced far apart from the other such that they all can be used at the same time and so they can accommodate hundreds of wide-body planes.

Construction or expansion works at the Al Maktoum International airport will help increase airport capacity/facilities in Dubai. This will help Dubai keep pace with increasing number of traffic in the Emirate. Dubai boasts of world’s seven largest busiest airports – the Dubai International airport, the latter having handled 66.4 million passengers last year alone. The airport will also open its new concourse next year.

Emirates region is the world’s largest user of A380 and Boeing 777 long-haul jets.


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