Apart from its record breaking structures, star-studded skyline and allure, Dubai is known for one more thing, being one of the busiest cities in the world. And what does a busy city have? A busy airport!
And now, in an unprecedented move, Dubai Airports is set to replace its crown jewel, Dubai International (DXB), with an even grander airport, as demand for travel continues to escalate, we could definitely do with a bigger space!
This announcement was made by the CEO of Dubai Airports; Paul Griffiths, during the ongoing Dubai Airshow 2023, where he revealed plans for a mega-airport that will reshape the aviation landscape, and make the busy hub, even busier!
Here’s everything you need to know…
This year, the DXB airport was projected to host over 86.8 million managers, and it did, surpassing all 2019 numbers, pre-pandemic. But as numbers rose, the need for a larger space became imminent. Although we all know that DXB airport has a current capacity of managing 100 million passengers annually, the threshold to be pushed to 120 million is on the horizon!
They are utilising innovative technologies and optimizations to push its limits to 120 million. Beyond this threshold, a new airport is essential, and CEO; Griffiths anticipates this transition to occur in the 2030s.
This airport would be situated at Al Maktoum International, which in case you didn’t know was the projected Terminal 4! And this won’t merely be an extension but also play a revolutionary step in airport design. Taking a modular approach instead of traditional terminals, this paradigm shift aims to create a more intimate and streamlined passenger experience, eliminating legacy processes.
While they details of this project’s scale or cost haven’t fully been revealed, what we can tell you is that the new airport's design elements would be a focal point in the coming months. This forward-thinking strategy aligns with Dubai's reputation for taking the long-term view, with the project extending well into the 2050s.
Notably, the new airport aligns with Dubai's broader vision outlined in the 2040 Urban Master Plan, aiming to create vibrant waterfront communities. This strategic move contributes to Dubai's goal of boosting tourism by increasing hotel supply, with Dubai Islands set to host over 80 resorts.
As Dubai's aviation sector continues to expand, driven by robust recovery and increasing visitor numbers, the new mega-airport signifies a commitment to maintaining global dominance. With meticulous planning and a futuristic approach, Dubai's aviation landscape is set to reach new heights, ensuring the city remains a key hub for global travel well into the future.
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