Presently the airport has a cargo capacity of 2.5 million tonnes, and will be expanded to handle 3 million. Rome2rio is a door-to-door travel information and booking engine, helping you get to and from any location in the world. Al Maktoum International Airport, located in Jebel Ali, 37 kilometres southwest of Dubai, opened in June 2010, and has attracted only a few global commercial airlines so far. It involves the construction of Concourse D (previously Terminal 4). The expansion of Dubai’s second airport, Al Maktoum International, to handle 120 million passengers a year by 2025 has been delayed, according to sources familiar with the matter, as … The Department of Civil Aviation spent $120 million in upgrading both of its terminals and airport infrastructure, including enlarged gate holdrooms, new finger piers, an enlarged runway, new airbridges and extended baggage belt carousels from the normal 70 to 90 m (230 to 300 ft). The next step was the reconfiguration of the runways, already part of phase 2, and aprons and taxiways were expanded and strengthened in 2003–2004. The centre itself is located close to Terminal 2, and includes a 5,500 m2 (59,000 sq ft) two-storey main building, a 3,700 m2 (40,000 sq ft) hangar, a 3,700 m2 (40,000 sq ft) ramp area for aircraft parking and a special VIP car park for long term parking. [22], Al Maktoum International Airport will have a total of 100,000 parking slots for automobile vehicles for its employees, Dubai residents, tourists, and other users. Dubai Airport also invested $3.5 billion into a new Concourse A, exclusively for handling Emirates A380s. Several charter airlines fly from Europe to Al Maktoum International Airport, … There are also three hotels in the concourse; a 5-star hotel and a 4-star hotel. Dubai Airport has numerous business centres located around the airport. 69 Aircraft Stands (32 stands shared between T1, T2, and T3), 37 aircraft stands (2 stands shared with T1), 43 million passengers: Concourse A (19 million) + Concourse B (24 million), 99 aircraft stands (30 shared between T1, T2 and T3), Seven aircraft hangars all capable of handling the A380 (currently the largest aircraft hangar in the world), Aircraft engine run-up facility enclosure, On 22 November 1974, British Airways Flight 870, a, This page was last edited on 17 January 2021, at 12:44. This will be a smaller version of Concourse 2, which is connected to Terminal 3. In 2010, EFS handled 7,889 aircraft movements and 25,177 passengers.[113]. [76], The original master plan for the existing airport initially involved a dual-terminal and one runway configuration over two phases with provisions for another two passenger terminals in the near future. Terminals 1 and 3 cater to international passengers, whilst Terminal 2 is for budget passengers and passengers flying to the subcontinent and Persian Gulf region; Terminals 1 and 3 handle 85% of the passenger traffic and the Executive Flights terminal is for the higher-end travelers and important guests. With a capacity of 15 million, it would bring the total capacity of the airport to 90 million passengers by 2018—an increase of 15 million. The total amount of retail space at the concourse is 11,000 m2 (120,000 sq ft), and there is also a total of 14 cafes and restaurants. [10] It was planned to be the largest airport in the world in terms of freight handled, moving up to 12 million tonnes (12,000,000 long tons; 13,000,000 short tons) per year in 2013. [193] Growth slowed down in 2014 due to the 80-day runway resurfacing project, which saw DXB operate with only one runway between May and July. The Business class lounge has a capacity of 3,000 passengers and a total area of 13,500 m2 (145,000 sq ft). Other facilities include prayer rooms and a medical centre. This upgrade will boost safety, service and capacity levels at DXB. Rome2rio is a door-to-door travel information and booking engine, helping you get to and from any location in the world. Terminals 1 and 3 handle 95% of the international flights, whilst Terminal 2 mainly caters to regional flights and international flights routed to other airports in Middle East. $4.5 bn ($545 m for the civils on T3 and concourse projects) launched. [12], On 24 February 2011, the airport was certified to handle passenger aircraft with up to 60 passengers. Arrivals will also see improvements to help reduce waiting times. Several runway and apron extensions were carried out through the decade to meet growing demand. Concourse D opened on 24 February 2016 for all international airlines and moved out of the Terminal 1. [88] The 3,600-square-metre (39,000 sq ft) extension included a larger arrivals hall as well. Plans were put in place to construct the first stage of the cargo mega terminal, which by 2018 will have the ability to handle three million tons of freight. Check our live COVID-19 map for United Arab Emirates travel restrictions, and to find out if you'll need to quarantine on arrival.We try to be as accurate as possible, but things can change fast. [citation needed], In the 1940s, flying from Dubai was by flying boats operated by British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC), operating the Horseshoe route from Southern Africa via the Persian Gulf to Sydney. Forecasts in 2004 for cargo growth predicted that additional major cargo handling facilities were needed to satisfy demands. [26], Expansion continued in the early 1970s including ILS Category II equipment, lengthening existing runway to 12,500 ft (3,810 m), installation of a non-directional beacon (NDB), diesel generators, taxiways, etc. In early 2007, Dubai Airport introduced a new type of airport screening device which not only detected weapons, but also could screen the passenger for drugs in the blood. [11], Dubai International Airport is situated in the Al Garhoud district, 2.5 nautical miles (4.6 km; 2.9 mi) east[2] of Dubai and spread over an area of 7,200 acres (2,900 ha) of land. The 3,437-square-metre (37,000 sq ft) extension included a larger arrivals hall as well. [16] The airport has a total capacity of 90 million passengers annually. Fifteen additional airlines have signed a contract to operate flights to the airport. [14][15] Dubai Airport is also the base for low-cost carrier flydubai which handles 13% of passenger traffic and 25% of aircraft movements at DXB. Four thousand strikers were arrested. Concourse A is connected to the terminal via a Terminal 3 APM. With the expansion of the Airport Fire Services, it was necessary to find more suitable accommodation, and a hangar style building was made available to them at the end of 1976. Services run between 6 am and 11 pm every day except Friday, when they run between 1 pm and midnight. This new runway, alongside the original sand runway and taxiway opened in May 1965, together with several new extensions were added to the Terminal Building, hangars erected, Airport and Navigational aids were installed. Also after early 2016 when the construction of Concourse D was done, there is now an automated people mover between concourse D and Terminal 1.[81]. The centre also has its own immigration and customs sections, its own Dubai Duty Free outlet, a fully equipped business and conference centre, eight luxury private lounges and a limousine service between aircraft and the terminal. Construction of the airport was ordered by the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, in 1959.It officially opened in 1960 with its first airfield, at which time it was able to handle aircraft the size of a Douglas DC-3 on a 1,800-metre-long (5,900 ft) runway made of compacted sand. The Red Line has a station at each of Terminal 3 and Terminal 1. All remaining airlines will shift to Concourse D, or move to Al Maktoum International Airport. Learn more; Our hotel is only 5 minutes from Al Maktoum International Airport as well as Dubai Logistics City [187] The Dubai duty-free shopping area in Terminal 2 covers 1,400 m2 (15,000 sq ft) in departures and 50 m2 (540 sq ft) in arrivals. Dubai's Emirates airline will move its base from Dubai International Airport (DXB) to Al Maktoum International airport at Dubai World Central (DWC) by 2025, a top government official said. It has been named after the late Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the former Ruler of Dubai. This deal also allows Qantas to use the A380 dedicated concourse.[93]. The documentary focused on the everyday operations of the airport. Conversely, low-cost carriers such as flydubai operate flights out of Terminal 2.[192]. The airport opened on June 27, 2010 for cargo operations followed by passenger flights in October 2013. The airport's landside facilities were modified to allow the construction of two stations for the Red Line of Dubai Metro. Dubai World Central Airport, also known as Al Maktoum International, is Dubai’s 2nd-largest airport. Capacity was increased to allow for 10 million passengers, an increase of 5 million.[91]. The renovation was completed by the middle of 2015. In June 2009, Terminal 2 became the hub of Air India Express and flydubai,[89] and the terminal houses the airline's corporate head office. It is used by over 50 airlines, mainly operating in the Persian Gulf region. Concourse A opened on 2 January 2013.[124]. Taxiways were strengthened. Al Maktoum International Airport will be the largest airport in the world anchoring the new residential-commercial-logistics development Dubai World Central. The airport projects that international passenger and cargo traffic will increase at an average annual growth rate of 7.2% and 6.7%, respectively, and that by 2020 passenger numbers at Dubai International Airport will reach 98.5 million and cargo volumes will top 4.1 million tonnes. [citation needed], The total retail area in the concourse is approximately 11,000 m2 (120,000 sq ft). Also, several extensions and upgrades of terminal facilities and supporting systems were carried out. [21], Construction of the airport was ordered by the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, in 1959. This was located midway between the runway ends to facilitate efficient operations. The terminal has now increased the number of facilities available to passengers. [12] Terminal 3 is the second-largest building in the world by floor space and the largest airport terminal in the world. The runways are equipped with four sets of ILS to guide landing aircraft safely under very poor weather conditions. By February 1938, there were four flying boats a week. Terminal 2 will be completely redeveloped to match the status of the other two terminals. The terminal has 20 Airbus A380 gates at Concourse A and 5 at Concourse B and 2 at Concourse C.[92] It was announced on 6 September 2012 that Terminal 3 would no longer be Emirates-exclusive, as Emirates and Qantas had set up an extensive code sharing agreement. Dubai International Airport (IATA: DXB, ICAO: OMDB) (Arabic: مطار دبي الدولي‎) is the primary international airport serving Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is the world's busiest airport by international passenger traffic. The gates are labelled C1–C50.[40]. [80], Dubai International Airport has three terminals. [119][120] Flights at DXB were reduced by 26% and 14 airlines moved to Al Maktoum International Airport whilst the runways works were being done. As of January 2016, there are over 7,700 weekly flights operated by 140 airlines to over 270 destinations across all inhabited continents. Holiday Inn Dubai invites dedicated, passionate, creative and committed candidates to join their team for the following vacant positions: [123], With Dubai-based Emirates being one of the launch customers for the Airbus A380 and also the largest customer, Dubai Airport needed to expand its existing facilities to accommodate the very large aircraft. Terminal 1 has one concourse (concourse D), Terminal 2 is set apart from the other two main buildings and Terminal 3 is divided into Concourse A, B, and C. The cargo terminal is capable of handling 3 million tonnes of cargo annually and a general aviation terminal (GAT) is close by. [30] [207], "DXB" redirects here. Each lounge has its own dedicated floor offering direct aircraft access from the lounges. In 2009, it was announced that the airport installed a Category III landing system, allowing planes to land in low-visibility conditions, such as fog. [101] The building, which follows the characteristic shape of Concourse B, 924 m (3,031 ft) long, 91 m (299 ft) wide and 40 m (130 ft) high in the centre from the apron level and accommodates 20 air bridge gates, of which all are capable of handling the Airbus A380-800. Al Maktoum International is easily accessible from all three of Dubai’s main, multi-lane arterial roads, including Sheikh Zayed Road (E11), Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road (E311) as well as Emirates Road (E611), with well-developed access roads leading to the airport. Passenger growth at the airport has been growing at an average rate of 18%. This is because generally many UAE locals prefer to work in government companies, instead of private firms or blue collar jobs. [25], The advent of wide-body aircraft required further airport development in the 1970s, which had already been foreseen by the Ruler of Dubai, and plans for a new Terminal, runways, and taxiways capable of coping with international flights were drawn up. The gap between the centrelines of the two runways is 385 m (1,263 ft). [111], Concourse C, is a part of Terminal 3, was opened in 2000 and used to be the largest concourse at Dubai International Airport before Concourse B in Terminal 3 opened. The plan also involves Emirates solely operating from Concourse C along with Concourse A and B. [13] The first passenger aircraft touched down on 28 February 2011, an Airbus A319CJ. The stations are located in front of both terminals and can be accessed directly from the arrivals areas. Local buses 4, 11, 15, 33 and 44 can be used to connect with Terminal 1 and 3, while bus 2 connects with Terminal 2. Ground handling services at Dubai International Airport has been provided by Dnata Ground Handling Services. [47] In 2010 there were 47,213 customers, 13,162 movements and in 2009, there were a total of 43,968 customers and 14,896 movements. [67], The Government of Dubai provides short and long range search and rescue services, police support, medical evacuation and general purpose flights for the airport and all VIP flights to the airport. [121], Dubai Airports plans to close the southern runway (12R/30L) for complete resurfacing and replacement of the airfield lighting and supporting infrastructure. Al Maktoum International Airport sits 23 miles (37 kilometres) southwest of Dubai. [23], In May 1963, construction of a 9,200-foot (2,800 m) asphalt runway started. The ruler also commissioned and inaugurated the Long-range Surveillance System on 19 June 1973.[28]. [97][98] The baggage handling system—the largest system and also the deepest in the world—has a capacity to handle 8,000 bags per hour. [30], Dubai Airport has three passenger terminals. In addition to the two gates at Terminal 1, five more A380-capable gates were opened at concourse B on 14 October 2008. [36] The second Metro line, the Green Line, runs near the Airport Free Zone and has served the airport's north-eastern area with the Terminal 2 starting in September 2011.[37]. [33], On 29 October 2010, the airport marked its 50th anniversary. [1][20], The history of civil aviation in Dubai started in July 1937 when an air agreement was signed for a flying boat base for the aircraft of Imperial Airways with the rental of the base at about 440 rupees per month—this included the guards' wages. [117], The centre when completed and functioning will have a floor area of approximately 100,000 m2 (1,100,000 sq ft) including different export chambers and offices. The flight served as a test for various functions such as air traffic control, movement of aircraft on the ground, and security. In addition to a wide array of duty-free shops and eating outlets, Dubai Airport has two open-air garden areas. [83] The partly underground Terminal 3 was built at a cost of US$4.5 billion, exclusively for Emirates and has a capacity of 65 million passengers. This will be done during a 45-day period from 16 April 2019 to 30 May 2019. The expansion of Dubai's second airport, Al Maktoum International, to handle 120 million passengers a year by 2025 has been delayed, according to sources familiar with the matter. In addition, work on other taxiways in the area was expanded in order to complete the work associated with the newly commissioned second runway. The airport will complement Dubai International Airport, some 40 km (25 mi) away. Terminal 2 inaugurated on 1 May 1998, to alleviate congestion from Terminal 1, with a capacity of 2.5 million passengers annually. The boarding area is more spacious, with more natural light. Al Maktoum International is located in United Arab Emirates, using iata code DWC, and icao … In the future it will handle around 700 million passengers. Emirates offers a complimentary coach service, which operates three daily services to and from Al Ain, and four daily, to and from Abu Dhabi. In addition, the Dubai Flower Centre opened in 2005 as part of the development. Mehrabad International Airport is partially open to travellers from Dubai Al Maktoum International. Built south of the city, close to the fast growing areas of “new Dubai”, DWC lies at the heart of an entire airport city. The airport is expected to be able to accommodate up to 160 million passengers. In 2013, Dubai Airports announced a major renovation for Terminal 1 and Concourse C. The renovations include upgraded baggage systems, replacement of check-in desks and a more spacious departure hall. The airport will consist of a number of terminals, five runways, a larg… The handling capacity of the centre is expected to be more than 300,000 tonnes of product throughput per annum. In this paper, the author is will critically review this important fixture of global trade in Dubai. This use was later made redundant with the availability of Russian airspace due to the breakup of the Soviet Union and the advent of longer-range aircraft introduced in the late 1980s and early 1990s such as the Airbus A340, the Boeing 747-400 and the Boeing 777 series aircraft, which had the range to fly between Europe and Southeast Asia nonstop. [citation needed] The total cost of the airport has been estimated by the Dubai government to be $82 billion. The concourse includes over 17 food and beverage cafes and restaurants, with the food court being located on the Departures Level. Login or create an account to save your favourites and receive personalised recommendations. Emirates now operates from Concourse A, Terminal 3 and Terminal 1. One of the longest intra-city roads, D 89 begins at the Deira Corniche and runs perpendicular to D 85 (Baniyas Road). Dubai World Central (DWC), also known as Al Maktoum International Airport, embarked on an expansion project undertaken by The Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP), an autonomous entity responsible for the planning and development of Dubai’s airports. The installation of the lighting system continued after the official opening and was completed in August of that year. [40] The concourse has 26 air bridge gates and 5 boarding lounges for 14 remote stands that are for Airbus A340 and Boeing 777 aircraft only. The concourse is 0.8 km (0.50 mi) in length and connects to the check-in area by a 0.3 km (0.19 mi) tunnel containing moving walkways (conveyor belt/travelators). [106], Concourse B is directly connected to terminal 3 and is dedicated exclusively to Emirates. In 2014, India was DXB's biggest destination with 8.91 million passengers. However, passengers cannot move between Terminal 2 to 1 or from 2 to 3 and vice versa inside the airport. General aviation operations were launched in April 2011. Qantas would be the second and only one of two airlines to fly in and out of Terminal 3. The airport is served by Dubai Metro, which operates two lines through or near the airport. [39], In September 2012, Dubai Airports changed the names of concourses to make it easier for passengers to navigate the airport. 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