Dubai Airports confirms expansion plans

Dubai Airports has confirmed that construction is expected to begin later this year on the expansion of Al Maktoum International's existing passenger terminal at Dubai World Central's (DWC), which will increase the current capacity of six million passengers a year to 26 million.

Once complete, the passenger terminal will provide a total of 24 boarding gates, seven baggage reclaim carousels and 104 check-in desks. Construction is currently expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2017, with the expanded facility opening shortly afterwards, following the successful completion of a thorough testing and trial programme.

This is a precursor to a US$32bn expansion project announced last September to create the world’s biggest airport with an ultimate capacity in excess of 200 million passengers per year.

Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, said: "With traffic growth continuing at a rapid pace, the expansion of the current facility at DWC will help us accommodate future demand while the construction of the $32 billion programme is in progress."

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