Does Dubai need another airport?
It has the world’s tallest building, the flashiest hotel, and more artificial palm-shaped islands than anywhere else. So it was only a matter of time before Dubai built the world’s biggest airport. But is DXB 2.0 really necessary?
March 28, 2010 2:41 by Rasha Reslan
And so without Emirates fully on board until 2030, it is unlikely that the 15-year target for the completion of the entire airport will be met.
The airport has already been hit by delays. As Andrew Walsh, vice-president for cargo and logistics at Dubai World Central, told Bloomberg recently: “The global recession has slowed the timetable for construction of the airport, which is expected to be largely completed within 15 years; Dubai pushed back the opening of the first section to this year because of building delays.”
Given the current financial climate, delays are to be expected. But as for the general feasibility of Al Maktoum International Airport, things will depend entirely on the growth in passenger numbers, and tourists visiting Dubai. And that is, of course, still up in the air.