Construction work on Al Maktoum Airport reportedly suspended
Construction of Dubai’s Al Maktoum airport has been put on hold as Dubai Airports review the facility’s long-term masterplan, according to a report by Bloomberg.
Construction activity has been halted and finances for expansion frozen until further notice, according to sources familiar with the matter.
The completion date for the first phase of the airport had already been pushed back five years to October, 2030.
The US $36-billion investment is intended to create a new airline super-hub in the Middle East, with an eventual capacity of 260-million and the primary hub of Emirates Airline.
Al Maktoum opened in 2013 and currently serves 11 passenger airlines, according to its website. Annual capacity increased five-fold to 26.5-million last year following work on the passenger terminal, but the number of actual passengers is around 900,000.
In a statement to Bloomberg, Dubai Airports said it’s reviewing the long-term master plan and that “exact timelines and details of next steps are not as yet finalised.”
It said it aims to ensure development takes full advantage of emerging technologies, responds to consumer trends and preferences, and optimises investment.
Emirates remains based at the original Dubai International hub as it mulls how best to develop its strategy of carrying passengers between all corners of the globe.
Capacity at Al Maktoum International was due to increase to 130 million passengers on completion of the first phase of expansion, according to an October update.