By Andy Sambidge
Senior aviation official says recent runway improvements will increase hourly aircraft arrivals from 33 to 45
Recent runway improvements at Dubai International Airport will increase hourly aircraft arrivals from 33 to 45 by 2016, an official has said.
Mohammed Ahli, director general of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, said new technlogy will allow aircraft to vacate runways quicker, allowing the airport to absorb the predicted growth in plane movements.
He said: "The upgraded runways would go a long way in handling the air traffic which has been consistently growing between five to seven percent annually, higher than the global average of 3.5 percent."
He said the runways now have high speed turnoff (HST) allowing aircraft to vacate the quicker, permitting another to land or depart in a shorter space of time.
The aircraft arrivals are to be increased from the present 33 to 45 an hour by 2016, he said.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of DCAA, chairman of Dubai Airports and chairman and chief executive of Emirates Airline and Group, has also hailed the refurbishment of the two runways.
In his column in the September edition of Via Dubai, the official newsletter of DCAA, he said: "The project has been acknowledged as the biggest specialised refurbishment of airport runways in the modern history of civil aviation.
"Dubai International Airport, ranked world's second busiest airport for international passengers in 2013, is now ready to reap the benefits of this major investment and remarkable achievement."
He added: "We are working with confidence to accomplish our goal of welcoming 70 million passengers by the end of year 2014. All performance indicators of Dubai International Airport strongly suggest that we will be able to achieve our objectives."
Sheikh Ahmed said the refurbishment will help the Dubai aviation industry a great deal in absorbing the anticipated increase in aircraft movements in the UAE, which are expected to jump to 1.2 million movements by 2020.
The UAE airspace system currently handles approximately 600,000 movements a year. Dubai is projected to handle 660,000 movements by 2020. Dubai's passenger and cargo aircraft movements are projected to go reach 416,650 and 35,000, respectively, in 2015.