Dubai to Spend $32 Billion to Build World’s Biggest Airport
The United Arab Emirates will become the home to the world’s largest airport, following the green-lighting of a plan to expand Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central.
The project, which has been approved by U.A.E. Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, will cost 120 billion dirhams ($32 billion) to complete. The airport first opened in 2010.
As part of the expansion, two new satellite terminals will be constructed at the airport over the next six to eight years. Together, they will be capable of accommodating 120 million passengers a year and receiving 100 A380 Airbus aircraft at one time.
This would dwarf the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which saw 94.4 million people in 2013.
Airport authorities said that the new airport will use “the latest technology and efficient processes” to cut down the time spent walking between gates and completing “travel formalities” in order to enable “fast and efficient connections.”
Once completed, the airport will be able to serve a total of over 200 million passengers a year, accommodating the expected growth of Dubai’s annual passenger and cargo traffic. Emirates Airlines is expected to relocate its entire operations to Dubai World Central from Dubai International Airport by the mid-2020s.
The city’s older airport, Dubai International, is the region’s busiest as well as the world’s seventh busiest. It handled 66.4 million passengers in 2013.
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