Dubai is still building the biggest and most expensive airport in the world. It’s just going to take a little longer than expected.
Al-Maktoum International Airport won’t reach full capacity until 2027, 10 years later than originally planned, Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths told Arabian Business today.
The ambitious project calls for a $34 billion airport as part of a $82 billion aerotropolis called Dubai World Central.
The Al Maktoum International Airport was designed to be the largest passenger and cargo hub in the world
In the future, Al Maktoum will be able to handle three times as much cargo as the current world leader in Memphis; and nearly 50 per cent more passengers than the current leader in Atlanta.
The airport officially opened for business on June 27th, 2010, with one runway servicing only cargo flights
With six runways and three passenger terminals, this airport will be 10 times larger than Dubai International Airport
The airport was designed to handle the new Airbus A380 (super-jumbo plane), and up to four A380's can land simultaneously, 24 hours a day
There will be three passenger terminals — two with luxury facilities — with one exclusively for Emirates Airlines and another for lost-cost carriers
Dubai Airports hopes that Al Maktoum will become a passenger and cargo hub for the Middle East, greater Europe and Asia, and even the Western world
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