Air traffic growth in the Gulf region has been so powerful that it forced Gulf states to build new airports to keep pace with passenger and cargo volumes, says a report.
According to the report issued by the airline industry business publication, Air Transport World, Dubai is a self-contained destination with mega investments in the hotel and tourism facilities and the emirate is planning to generate 32 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 22 per cent of the total employment from the aviation sector by 2020.
Passenger numbers showed that Dubai International Airport surpassed UK’s Heathrow as the world’s busiest for international travel after handling 70.4 million passengers last year, reports UAE-based Al Bayan.
The report says: “Dubai International Airport has two runways (the 4,000-metre northern and 4, 500-metre southern) and it’s racing to complete more facilities to keep up with the growing demand.“
Construction of a new Concourse D is almost complete and a series of operational trials are underway to prepare it for opening, adds the report.