Dubai International 'on its way to becoming world's largest airport'

20/11/2012 - Dubai Investment News Posted by Neil King
Dubai International 'on its way to becoming world's largest airport'

Dubai International Airport is on its way to becoming the largest hub for international passengers in the world, it has been claimed.According to the Centre for Aviation - the leading provider of independent market analysis for the industry - the complex has gone from strength to strength recently.It attracted 42.6 million people in the first nine months of the year, which was a 13.4 per cent improvement on the corresponding period in 2011.The research organisation added that Dubai International will be "uncomfortably close" to its annual capacity of 60 million passengers by the end of the year, but ongoing expansion work is set to be finished in 2013, which will alleviate some of the strain."Comfortably the Middle East's busiest airport, Dubai is also on its way to becoming the world's largest airport for international passenger traffic," a representative for the body stated.They also highlighted the importance of Emirates - the UAE's largest airline - in connecting Dubai with other parts of the world."The rapid expansion of Emirates and flydubai are the cornerstone of growth at the airport," the spokesperson added.However, Dubai International Airport is not completely reliant on these two carriers and more than 80 airlines now fly into the Middle Eastern hub, including Pegasus Airlines, NordStar Airlines and TransAvia, which have all added services to the airport in the past few months.The complex also received the Airport of the Year gong at the prestigious Aviation Business Awards (ABA) earlier this month. It was praised for its "significant contribution" to the aviation industry in its region.Leaders at the Centre for Aviation also hailed the rise of the UAE's two other major airports in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, although these are still a long way behind Dubai in terms of annual passenger numbers.With such impressive air links, it is no surprise that more investors are setting up bases in the Gulf and with airlines continuing to add new flights all the time, this is likely to be a long-term trend.