International Airport is considered the Middle Easts
premier and busiest airport. In 2001, despite the impact
of global events, it registered a 10% growth in passengers
throughput which totaled 13.5 million. The ACI traffic statistics
have ranked Dubai International Airport as one of the fastest
growing airport in the world.
the travel demands of the 21st century, the Dubai Department
of Civil Aviation commenced a US$540 million expansion program
in 1997 which was completed with the opening of the Sheikh
Rashid Terminal in 2000. Dubai International Airport at
present has the capacity to handle 22 million passengers
However, according to projections, 30 million passengers
are expected to use Dubai International Airport by 2010.
With these figures in mind, the Department of Civil Aviation
is set to begin the 2nd phase of expansion costing US$ 2.5
bn in the first quarter of 2002 to be completed by 2006.
This phase will include Terminal 3, Concourse 2 and Concourse
3. (For details check Future Plan).
growth for Dubai International Airport 16 million
passengers register a 18% growth in 2002