Opening of Al Maktoum airport further delayed

07 Mar 2011

(MENAFN) The chief executive of Dubai Airports, Paul Griffiths, said that the opening of Al Maktoum airport, Dubai’s new airport, to passengers would be further postponed to 2012, reported Gulf News.

Griffiths said that the opening of the airport to passengers had been previously delayed to the end of 2011 from March.

Al Maktoum airport, whose opening is estimated to cost around USD34 billion, is expected to be the world’s largest airport after it becomes fully operational. It would have a passenger capacity of up to 160 million people a year.

The CEO said that the turmoil spreading in the region is causing tourists to redirect their travels from regional hotspots to the UAE. Therefore, the emirate’s air industry is expected to gain from unrest in the Arab world.

It is worth noting that passenger numbers at Dubai International Airport increased by ten percent to 4.25 million in January 2010, compared with the year before.

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