Improvements to the roads surrounding Dubai International airport ‘must’ be completed by 2017 and 2020 to help manage the projected increase in passengers passing through the emirate’s airport.   

Mattar al-Tayer, chairman of Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) said during a briefing that the upgrade of Airport road must be completed by 2017, while the Al-Quds Road project must be finished by 2020.

The construction of a new traffic route to link Airport Road and Al-Rabat Road is also a possibility, he said.

Dubai International has seen consistently rising passenger numbers and the airport authority expects the airport to handle over 90 million passengers a year by 2020. The airport is expanding terminals and building new concourses to provide the much-needed additional capacity.

Al-Tayer’s comments come just ahead of the first passenger flights to land at Dubai’s new airport at Jebel Ali. Al-Maktoum International airport is to further increase Dubai’s total passenger capacity. By the early 2020s, the airport is expected to have a capacity of 160 million passengers.