240mn fliers in Dubai by '25

Dubai Air­ports pro­ject 240 mil­lion pas­sen­gers will travel through its two air­ports by 2025. Air­port ex­pan­sion plans are al­ready in place to cater to the growth.

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Ac­cord­ing to Lorne Ri­ley, Di­rec­tor- Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Dubai Air­ports, “India is our largest mar­ket, one of our most im­por­tant ones glob­ally. India con­trib­utes al­most 25 per cent of our to­tal traf­fic. The In­dian air­lines, as a group, are the fastest grow­ing group at Dubai In­ter­na­tional ( DI) over the past year.

The to­tal num­ber of seats has in­creased by 35 per cent; the to­tal num­ber of flights be­tween the two des­ti­na­tions has in­creased by 29 per cent while the to­tal num­ber of pas­sen­ger traf­fic year-to-date has in­creased at over 10 per cent in 2016 over 2015.” Out of the to­tal pas­sen­gers, 47 per cent traf­fic is for orig­i­nal des­ti­na­tion while 53 per cent traf­fic is con­nect­ing at Dubai Air­port.

Ri­ley in­forms that Dubai Air­ports is pro­ject­ing that over 240 mil­lion pas­sen­gers will travel through both its air­ports — Dubai In­ter­na­tional and Dubai World Cen­tre — by 2025. Cur­rently these air­ports have ca­pac­ity for 90 mil­lion pas­sen­gers at Dubai In­ter­na­tional ( DI) and only 5 mil­lion at Dubai World Cen­tral (DWC). To cater to this traf­fic, the air­port au­thor­i­ties have de­ployed a three-pronged mas­ter­plan to boost ca­pac­ity to han­dle this pas­sen­ger growth.

“Firstly, we are ex­pand­ing the cur­rent pas­sen­ger ter­mi­nal build­ing at DWC from 5 mil­lion to 26 mil­lion which will be in place by the end of 2017. Se­condly, we have launched a pro­gram called DXB Plus which will take our cur­rent ca­pac­ity at DI from 90 mil­lion to 118 mil­lion by 2023. This is be­ing done with­out build­ing any­thing but strictly through pro­cesses like get­ting pas­sen­gers through the air­port faster, in­creas­ing use of tech­nol­ogy and more air­crafts land­ing at the air­port than we cur­rently do. Lastly, DWC will be the brand new air­port with pas­sen­ger ca­pac­ity of 120 mil­lion, the pro­ject for 2025,” says Ri­ley. He fur­ther added that they want to grow the mar­ket and busi­ness and pro­vide In­di­ans with ac­cess to over 240 des­ti­na­tions at DI, an in­tercon­ti­nen­tal hub.

Lorne Ri­ley Di­rec­tor-Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Dubai Air­ports

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