Dubai Airports is working on an updated masterplan that is likely to pull forward significant expansion of the new Dubai World Central airport.
Emirates Chairman Sheikh Ahmad bin Said Al Makhtoum said on the opening day of the Dubai Air Show that an announcement on the lastest plans is going to be made within the next one or two months.
World Central opened for passenger traffic last month, but has an initial capacity of only seven million passengers annually. Because of Emirates’ rapid growth, the current Dubai International Airport is reaching its design capacity quicker than expected, even though another concourse is about to be built at the existing facility.
With huge additional orders by Emirates for 150 Boeing 777Xs and 50 more Airbus A380s, along with 111 more Boeing 737s for FlyDubai, more airport capacity is becoming the crucial factor in the future development of Dubai’s aviation sector.
Emirates Airline President Tim Clark told Aviation Week that he plans to lobby hard for further expansion of the two airports to accomodate the growing fleets. One idea is to have short- and medium-haul airline FlyDubai operate out of one airport and Emirates out of the other. Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths says the details are currently being worked on right now and no decisions have been made.