Dubai considers replacing airport Terminal 2

22 April 2010

Dubai authorities will decide whether to replace or expand the terminal by the end of May

Dubai is expected to decide whether to replace or expand Dubai International Airport’s Terminal 2 to accommodate passenger growth within the by the end of May.

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.

According to local media reports, Khalifa al-Zaffin, managing director of Dubai World Central, says that an expansion of Terminal 2 would increase its capacity to seven million passengers a year while replacing the terminal with a new facility would increase passenger-handling capacity to 20 million passengers a year. A decision is expected by the end of May.

Dubai International Airport currently consists of three terminals with a total capacity of 60 million passengers a year.

The emirate aims to become a major transport hub with the first phase of Dubai’s Al-Maktoum International Airport scheduled to open on 27 June for cargo operations initially with passenger operations to follow (MEED 24:2:10).

The airport is part of the $33bn Dubai World Central development near Jebel Ali. The scheme will include a centre for logistics companies and residential developments.

A consortium of the local Arabtec Construction and Malaysia’s WCT Engineering won the construction contract for the airport terminal in 2006.

Once complete, Al-Maktoum International Airport will be able to handle 160 million passengers a year.

Dubai carrier Emirates Group could delay its relocation to Al-Maktoum International by as much as 10 years. With a series of investments under way at Dubai International Airport that will increase capacity to 90 million passengers a year from a previous estimate of 75 million, Emirates says it can still benefit from operating out of the old airport (MEED 25:3:10).

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