Combined passenger traffic at Dubai International and Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) exceeded 71.3 million in 2014 and is expected to surpass 126 million by 2020 and 200 million by 2030. With this growth in mind, it is vital that Dubai Airports continues to invest in new facilities to meet this demand – and to build world-class airports that make our passengers’ journey easy, convenient and memorable.
Our expansion plans are being tackled on two fronts.
In the immediate future the focus will be on expanding Dubai International’s capacity to 100 million by 2020 in accordance with of our SP2020 master plan – a programme including the opening of Concourse A in 2013, the upgrading of both the airport’s runways in 2014 and the opening of Concourse D in 2015.
However, given the limited space available at Dubai International to expand beyond 100 million passengers a year, from 2020 development of new facilities will shift to DWC, Dubai’s second airport.
For this reason, Dubai Airports announced in 2014 a $32bn expansion of DWC aimed at creating the world’s biggest and most advanced airport, able to accommodate more than 200 million passengers once fully developed. The first phase of this expansion is expected to be delivered by the mid-2020s.