By Staff writer
Aviation authority inks agreement for first phase of expansion work at Dubai's second airport
Dubai's aviation authority on Wednesday signed a construction agreement for the first phase of a project which will see the annual capacity at Al Maktoum International Airport rise to 26.5 million by 2025.
Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, chairman and chief executive, Emirates Airline and Group, and chairman, Dubai Aviation City Corporation, signed the deal with Al Jaber LEGT Engineering and Contracting.
Under the agreement, the first phase of the project increases the built up area of the passenger terminal building from the existing 66,107 sq m to 145,926 sq m, and will be completed by June 2017.
Sheikh Ahmed said in a statement: “Today’s announcement marks a historic milestone in the journey of Al Maktoum International which is set to become the world’s largest airport.
"We are poised to significantly boost Dubai’s economy by creating a world-class facility capable of handling the growing number of passengers visiting and transiting our city.”
Al Maktoum International Airport will ultimately have the capacity to handle over 220 million passengers per year, the statement said.
Sheikh Ahmed added: “Al Maktoum International is being designed to become an airport of the future. We are building a range of amenities and facilities that will increase capacity and significantly enrich the airport experience, making it an attractive proposition for airlines as well as passengers.”
As part of the proposed expansion work of the passenger terminal, the arrival building, which houses the public hall for arrivals, the baggage claim area and related services, as well as the arrival Baggage Handling System, will feature a new immigration hall for 55 control counters, visa and passenger utilities.
The departure building will see the expansion of the public hall, commercial areas and offices as well as the check-in hall which will house 64 check-in counters. An additional 10 counters will be specifically dedicated to business check-in.
Expansions will also include 12 new boarding lounges and the extension of the emigration transfer and security area. A new baggage screening area for arrivals will be added while the current baggage reclaim area will see three new carrousels.
Will passengers still be stuffed in a bus to commute from
aircraft to terminal building?
Fouad - no one seems to want to address this in their glowing news reports. But this is no more than an extension of the existing LCC terminal and there will be no contact gates. The logical move would be for flydubai to relocate all its operations to DWC when the expansion is completed in 2017.
Increasing the capacity of Al Maktoum to 26.5m by 2025 cannot be an accurate statement of the required expansion of the two Dubai airports.
DXB's capacity with Concourse D is a max of 90m. 85m pax are expected in 2016.
Assuming that a 10%pa compound annual growth in pax numbers (as achieved in the last decade) continues then DXB/DWC will need to process over 120m pax by 2020. DWC will need one of the two proposed core terminals to be constructed and operational by that date.
Either that or the rate of growth of EK and of Dubai's airports will need to be slowed due to lack of capacity.
And will parking still be free as it is now?
I somehow doubt it!