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Al Maktoum International Airport development pushed back a year


In early Feb-09, Dubai Airports CEO, Paul Griffiths, announced the first phase opening of the new Al Maktoum International Airport (Jebel Ali) will be pushed back until 2010. The first of the airport’s six runways was scheduled to open in late 2008 and the completion of the airport’s first phase was scheduled to follow in mid 2009. Construction and licensing delays, and easing air travel demand have all been cited as reasons for the postponement. Mr Griffiths stated that it had been an “aspiration” to open the airport in 2009. [871 words]

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  • Traffic performance relieves pressure on Dubai International Airport
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  • Dubai Airport annual passenger numbers (millions) and growth % change year-on-year): 1997 to 2008
  • Dubai Airport monthly growth (% change year-on-year): Jan-07 to Dec-08
  • Emirates passenger traffic: FY98/99 to FY07/08
  • Dubai International Airport capacity share by carrier (seats per week as % of total)
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