Future Plans – DWC

Looking ahead at Dubai World Central

DWC will become the world’s largest airport with an annual capacity exceeding 240 million passengers a year

DWC – Passenger Terminal Building expansion: The existing terminal at DWC, which welcomed its first passengers in 2013, includes a single A380 compatible runway; a passenger terminal with a capacity of 5 million passengers per annum and a 92-metre air traffic control tower.

The next phase of development at DWC will see the passenger terminal expanded five times its current capacity to accommodate up to 26 million passengers annually by the end of 2017. Once complete, the passenger terminal will provide a total of 24 boarding gates, seven baggage reclaim carousels and 104 check-in desks.

DWC Phase 2
This project will be a precursor to the US$32bn expansion plan which will make DWC the world’s largest airport with an annual capacity exceeding 240 million passengers a year and 16 million tonnes of freight.

Anticipated to be the biggest and most advanced airport in the world, the expansion will take place in two iterations. The first iteration includes two satellite buildings with capacity for 120 million passengers annually and accommodating 100 A380 aircraft at any one time. The entire development will cover an area of 56 square kilometres.

DWC’s expansion – Quick Facts

  • Five parallel Code F runways of 4.5 km each in length spaced wide apart in order to provide for simultaneous operation.
  • Two terminal facilities on either side of the airport site, West and East, providing a capacity for over 50 million passengers in total.
  • Four concourses featuring an innovative triple-plus layout 2.8 km long and encompassing three nodes, each the size of 7 football fields.
  • Concourses, each with 100 wide body aircraft contact stands and 65 million capacity, totalling up to 240 million passengers capacity for the entire airport with over 400 wide body contact stands.
  • Innovative functional concourse design to raise passenger experience to new levels, never before experienced at any airport.
  • A six-track train system connecting the airport’s two terminals with its four concourses.
  • A massive eight square km cargo facility area at the south of the airport, supported by quick cargo transfer facilities.

Please see the section for more details on Dubai Airports’ future airport strategy.