Gulf air­port growth

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Abu Dhabi In­ter­na­tional

To­tal traf­fic for 2016 reached 24.4 mil­lion pas­sen­gers, a 5.1 per cent in­crease on 2015’s fig­ures. The most popular des­ti­na­tion was Mumbai, which saw a 26 per cent rise in pas­sen­gers when com­par­ing June in 2016 with June 2015. Eti­had placed its A380 on the route in May. The new Mid­field Ter­mi­nal, un­til re­cently slated for com­ple­tion this year, has now been de­layed by two years – a blow since when com­plete it will in­crease the air­port’s ca­pac­ity by 30 mil­lion pas­sen­gers per year.

Dubai In­ter­na­tional

The world’s top air­port in terms of in­ter­na­tional pas­sen­ger traf­fic and num­ber three for to­tal pas­sen­ger traf­fic (as re­ported by Air­ports Coun­cil In­ter­na­tional). Traf­fic reached 83.6 mil­lion pas­sen­gers in 2016, up 7.2 per cent on 2015, with the top five coun­tries in terms of to­tal pas­sen­ger vol­ume be­ing In­dia, Saudi Ara­bia, the UK, Pak­istan and the US. Ten new A380 stands are due to be added at Con­course C by the end of 2018, tak­ing the over­all fig­ure to al­most 50, as part of a project to in­crease the air­port’s ca­pac­ity to nearly 120 mil­lion pas­sen­gers by 2023.

Dubai World Cen­tral

Pas­sen­ger traf­fic at Dubai’s sec­ond air­port in­creased by 84.5 per cent dur­ing 2016 to 850,633 pas­sen­gers, mainly driven by Fly­dubai, which, in ad­di­tion to its op­er­a­tions at Dubai In­ter­na­tional, op­er­ates 35 weekly flights to five des­ti­na­tions from DWC. The air­port is served by 27 pas­sen­ger car­ri­ers, op­er­at­ing an av­er­age of 108 flights weekly to 44 in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tions.

Ha­mad In­ter­na­tional, Qatar

The air­port served 37.3 mil­lion pas­sen­gers in 2016, a growth of 20.5 per cent on the pre­vi­ous year, with the top routes be­ing Dubai, Lon­don, Bangkok, Bahrain and Colombo. It has two dual-ca­pac­ity run­ways (used for take-offs and land­ings at the same time), an air­side ho­tel, two air­side squash courts, a gym, a 25-me­tre pool and a spa. Last year eight more gates were opened in con­courses D and E (bring­ing the to­tal to 41 gates), 130,000 sqm of ex­tra space was added, and Qatar Air­ways con­nected Doha to 14 new des­ti­na­tions through the air­port.

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