Dubai ’s new Al Maktoum International Airport is likely to see another delay in opening of its passenger terminal, which is set to open in October this year.

Dubai Airports, the operator of the two airports in the emirate, is fully focused on its existing passenger terminals as demand is increasing every day.

Last month the operator announced its full year 2010 results that revealed a 15.3 per cent growth in passenger demand over 2009. It is estimated that the airport will handle 52.2 million passengers by the end of 2011 with 11 per cent growth, according to the operator.

Cargo terminal of Al Maktoum International Airport was started in June last year and it was announced that the passenger terminal would be opened in March 2011. It was postponed to October and now Dubai Airports hints at another possible delay.
Dubai Airports Chief Executive officer Paul Griffiths said, “We are focusing on our growth here and reason for that is because the growth is so strong and exceeding our expectations,”. For October deadline Griffiths said, “It’s still a possible time, but we are keeping in review and will be making announcement soon as and when we get more information.”

Dubai International airport is undergoing a massive development for its Terminal 2 and a new Concourse 3. Concourse 3, set to become the world’s first dedicated A380 facility, will boost capacity from the current 60 million passengers annually to 75 million, which, when combined with other facility enhancements and operational efficiencies will boost capacity to 90 million by 2018.

Carriers in the region witnessed around 18 per cent growth in passenger demand last year, compared to an 8.2 per cent international demand during the same period.
Source: Khaleej Times