Dubai International, already the world’s busiest airport by international passenger traffic, opened a new extension yesterday that will raise its annual capacity to 90mn passengers.
The opening of Concourse D is the “result of a $1.2bn investment to enhance service and boost capacity for the more than 70 international airlines,” Dubai Airports said in a statement.
British Airways was the first airline to use the new concourse, connected by train to Terminal 1.
“Today we also announce our 2016 forecast which projects 85mn passengers will visit Dubai International this year,” said Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths.
Dubai International said it remained the world’s busiest airport for international travel in 2015 with more than 78mn passengers passing through.
Dubai first announced it had overtaken Britain’s Heathrow as the world’s busiest airport for international passengers last year, after 70.4mn international travellers passed through in 2014.
Situated on transcontinental air routes, Dubai is one of several Gulf-based airports to experience prodigious growth in recent years.
Around 100 airlines fly to more than 240 destinations from the international hub, which is also home to carrier Emirates.
Dubai’s second airport, Al-Maktoum International, opened in 2013 and will be capable of receiving 120mn passengers a year once fully operational.
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