World`s biggest cargo airport to open in Dubai

Dubai`s second airport which is designed to be the world`s largest is set to start operations from June 27 for cargo only.

Updated: May 05, 2010, 14:02 PM IST

Dubai: Dubai`s second airport which is
designed to be the world`s largest is set to start operations
from June 27 for cargo only.

According to Dubai Airports chief executive officer Paul
Griffiths, the Al-Maktoum International Airport, which is
designed to be the world`s largest when completed, plans to
receive passengers next year.

He said that the passenger terminal is scheduled to be
ready by the end of this year and that it will enter service
at the beginning of the summer season in 2011, towards the end
of March.

The airport, which is designed to have six runways and
handle 120 million passengers when fully completed, was
supposed to be operational by the end of 2008. Its runway has
been ready since 2007.

Griffiths was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of
the annual Arabian Travel Market in Dubai. "We are not just
creating the largest airport in the world... (It is) also the
best," Griffiths said adding that Dubai expects to receive 150
million passengers by 2030 at its two airports.

The new airport is planned to cover 140 square
kilometres, part of the USD 33-billion Dubai World Central
development in Dubai`s Jebel Ali area, home also to the
region`s largest port and its busiest free zone.

Dubai is also continuing to expand its existing airport,
building a third concourse while it plans to expand Terminal
Two, which is the hub for its young low-cost carrier,
Flydubai.

Dubai airport handled 11.47 million passengers in the
first quarter of this year, up 20.4 per cent from the
corresponding period last year, he said.

PTI