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Ruler endorses USD7.8bn Dubai expansion

7-Jul-2011 9:07 AM

Dubai Airports announced (06-Jul-2011) that Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, VP and Prime Minister of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai, endorsed its USD7.8 billion airport and airspace expansion programme. The plans will see capacity at Dubai International Airport (DIA) increased from 60 million to 90 million passengers p/a by 2018. The expansion will see addition of a new taxiway and a 60% increase in the number of stands needed to park and service aircraft. Beyond Concourse 3, which will boost capacity to 75 million passengers when it is completed at the end of 2012, Dubai Airports will commission the construction of additional terminal space and concourse areas comprising an extra 675,000sqm of floor space. This includes the expansion of Terminal 2 and the construction of a new concourse - Concourse 4 - which will be connected to Terminal 1 to facilitate check-in and baggage servicing. Within the local airport environment, Dubai Airports also has airspace expansion plans that focus on optimising runway capacity and implementing efficient systems and processes in order to accommodate and manage additional aircraft movements. Dubai Airports is also engaging national and regional civil aviation authorities and air navigation service providers to ensure that air routes are decongested, bottlenecks are reduced and latent airspace capacity is unlocked. Aviation and related industries are expected to generate 22% of total employment and 32% of the emirate's GDP by 2020. The ten year traffic forecast for DIA and Dubai World Central projects international passenger growth of 7.2% p/a and cargo traffic growth of 6.7% p/a. [more]