Dubai to handle 98.5 million passengers by 2020
Dubai Airports has predicted that its two airports, Dubai International and Al Maktoum, will handle 98.5 million passengers and 4.1 million tones of cargo in 2020.
That represents nearly a doubling from 47.2 million passengers and 2.2 million tonnes of cargo in 2010.
“Increased liberalisation, GDP growth and increasingly affluent and mobile populations in emerging markets will combine to propel air travel growth worldwide,” said Paul Griffiths, Dubai Airports CEO.
“Dubai is extremely well positioned to capitalise on that growth. We are eight hours from two-thirds of the world’s population and on the doorstep of two of the most dynamic markets in the world – India and China. The combination of rallying tourism and Dubai’s established role as a trading hub linking economies in the Far East, Europe, Africa and North America, are also key advantages.”
Dubai Airports did not give individual traffic projections for each of its two airports, Dubai International and Al Maktoum International, instead giving a combined total for the two.
Al Maktoum International currently handles a small number of cargo flights. Passenger operations are due to begin in 2012, though no airlines have yet announced plans to operate there.