New Dubai airport set for 2013 opening

14/12/2012 - Dubai Investment News Posted by Bob Brunskill
New Dubai airport set for 2013 opening

Parts of the new Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai should be open to the public by November 2013, it has been suggested.President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chairman of Emirates Group and Dubai Airports Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum confirmed the facility is on schedule to receive passengers by the end of next year.The complex has been operating as a cargo terminal for two years now and it will eventually take some of the strain off Dubai International Airport, which just gets busier and busier."We will look to open passenger terminal by end of next year," Mr Al Maktoum told reporters earlier this week."Hopefully before the next Air Show in Dubai, we will open passenger terminal."The airport was originally supposed to cater for people last year, but this was put back.Once the complex is complete, it will be able to cater for an incredible 160 million visitors every year.Dubai's airports are hardly ever out of the news at the moment.Earlier this month, leader of the International Airlines Group Willie Walsh predicted that Dubai International Airport would be bigger than London's Heathrow within "two or three years" if current growth patterns persist.It has been a record-breaking year for the airport, with 47.5 million visitors passing through in the first ten months of 2012.Around 57 million passengers are expected to travel to the city by the end of the year, which is only three million short of its capacity.Luckily, a new concourse will open in the first quarter of 2013, taking the overall capacity to 75 million.Dubai International was also named the Airport of the Year at the sixth Aviation Business Awards 2012 in November.The airport was recognised for its strong growth in 2012 and the hard work that bosses have put into establishing relationships with more airlines from around the world.At the moment, 150 airlines connect the city with 220 destinations across the globe.