Posted by Neil King
Dubai's air passenger numbers will grow from over 40 million today to 150 million by 2030, Paul Griffiths, Dubai Airports' chief executive officer, has said.
Speaking at the SITA Air Transport IT Summit in Brussels, Mr Griffiths referred to Dubai's new Al Maktoum International airport, which is due to open for cargo business this weekend, WAM News Agency reported.
"To accommodate that growth we are building what will one day be the biggest airport in the world - Dubai World Central-Al Maktoum International featuring five runways and capacity for 160 million passengers and 12 million tonnes of freight," he confirmed.
Mr Griffiths called on airlines, airports, retailers and information technology providers to collaborate in providing smart application solutions that will enhance customer service levels and put the industry on a sound financial footing.
The news comes after Dubai Airports recorded a 13.6 per cent year-on-year growth in passenger traffic at Dubai International during May this year.