A contract worth thirty three billion dollars or AED120 billion for the first phase of the airport expansion covering the enabling works will be awarded by the end of 2014 according to the Dubai Airports Engineering Projects (DAEP).
The objective is to provide the essential facilities to accommodate passenger and cargo growth, and to allow Emirates to reposition its intercontinental center operations to the new airport by mid-2020..
The expansion project will render the Al-Maktoum International Airport the biggest airport in the world by 2050 which can handle 255 million passengers per year. DAEP announced the tendering for the building work at the airport in early November.
The project scope includes a new terminal building, three runways, and six nodes or concourses linked to the terminal by people movers. The terminal will be fixed to the new metro link that Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) is planning.
The completion of this expansion scheme will bring the airport’s capacity to 130 million passengers per year and will make it possible to accommodate 100 A380 aircraft at any one time.
This said capacity will be further increased to 255 million in the second phase with the inclusion of five runways, a new terminal building and more concourses. The whole development will cover 56 square kilometres and is scheduled to be finished by the end of 2021.