An estimate of 20 million passengers will arrive at Dubai’s future mega airport hub, Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central in 2020.
The government of Dubai already spent $32 billion or Dh117.5 billion for the expansion of DWC due to the brisk growth of home carrier Emirates. The upsurge in passenger traffic at Dubai International is said to be the reason why the airlines and passenger traffic will be sent to the second airport of Dubai. Emirates is scheduled to move to DWC in 2023.
Last year, Dubai International received 70.4 million passengers compared to 845,046 passengers in Al Maktoum International. Presently, Dubai International Concourse A and B have been occupied by Emirates and the airline will use Concourse C later this year. Other airlines will be transferred to the upcoming Concourse D which is included in the $7.8 billion investment to raise the capacity to 90 million at the airport.
DWC will offer a totally unimpeded environment for the airlines brought by its planned expansion stated last September. The project is still in design phase and the construction would have to get underway without delay.
The first phase DWC’s expansion project spread over 56 square kilometers and entails the construction of two satellite buildings and the capacity of accommodating 100 Airbus A380s all at once.
The new concourse which will be linked to the Terminal 1 of Dubai International is set to open at the end of the second quarter while the Concourse D will boost annual capacity at the airport, Airlines operating in Concourse C, will be moved to the new facility.