Dubai International Airport is estimated to maintain its status as the world’s busiest airport in terms of global passengers at the end of 2014 and afterwards for at least a decade as its annual augmentation is far above its closest rivals.
In the first five months of the year 2014, Dubai International retained the top position and after the finishing point of the 80-day runway restoration, the number of flights at the airport welled up by 31% compared to the flights during landing strip closing time.
Dubai managed 29.6 million travelers during the first five months of the year while London Heathrow reported 28.47 million passengers for the same period, according to the data released by both the airports’ operators. By the end of May 2014, travelers numbers escalated by 9.2% at Dubai International while Heathrow made only a 2.2% increase in the similar period.
Dubai Airports effectively recommenced full operations at Dubai International from July 21 following the reopening of the northern runway. Concurrently, flights that had provisionally moved to Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) while the runway improvements were in progress have now went back to Dubai International.
Recommencing full operations at Dubai International will cover the way for a strong second half of the year now that all runway work is fulfilled and complete.
Dubai International now brags two newly renovated runways which let the airport to assist more aircraft while enhancing operational suppleness during busy peak traffic periods. The landing strip upgrades were part of Dubai Airports’ $7.8 billion SP2020 masterplan aimed at enlarging Dubai International’s capacity to support accommodate more than 103 million travelers by 2020.
Planning and preparations over the past year not only guaranteed that the impression on travelers during the 80-day period was minimum but that they were able to recommence full operations and accommodate augmented traffic at the end of the programme without a hindrance or delay, the chief executive officer of Dubai Airports stated.