Dubai Airports Company aims to attract 150 million passengers every year to Dubai International airport by 2030.

The company expects the airport to be handling 98 million passengers a year by 2020.

Dubai airport recorded a total of 40.9 million passengers in 2009, which was a nine per cent increase on traffic seen in 2008, according to James Robinson, head of strategic planning for Dubai Airports Company.

In order to accommodate the predicted growth in traffic a series of investments are under way at Dubai International Airport.

The new Concourse 3 is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2012 and will have 20 contact stands that will be able to accommodate the Airbus A380.

Authorities are also deciding whether to replace or expand Terminal 2 (MEED 22:4:10).

Terminal 2 is currently used for regional operations, charter services and pilgrimage flights and has an annual capacity of three million to five million passengers.

Replacing the terminal entirely would result in a higher increase in passenger-handling capacity.

The first phase of Dubai’s second airport, the Al-Maktoum International airport is still on track to open in June 2010. Phase one comprises a single runway and although it will cater to cargo operations initially, it will be able to handle six million passengers a year.