Al Maktoum Airport to Open in June

9 March 2010 (Last Updated March 9th, 2010 18:30)

Al Maktoum International in Dubai, the world's largest airport, will open on 27 June 2010 after being delayed for a year. Construction of the first passenger terminal, costing Dh100m (US$27m), is close to completion. The total cost of the new airport at the Dubai World Central (DWC) dev

Al Maktoum International in Dubai, the world's largest airport, will open on 27 June 2010 after being delayed for a year.

Construction of the first passenger terminal, costing Dh100m (US$27m), is close to completion. The total cost of the new airport at the Dubai World Central (DWC) development in Jebel Ali, 40km away from the existing Dubai International Airport, is Dh121.12bn ($33bn).

Built with an initial investment of nearly Dh36.72bn ($10bn), the airport will have a capacity of 12 million tons of cargo and 160 million passengers a year. Freight operations will start first with passenger operations set to be introduced at a later date.

The first phase of the airport will include a single A380 compatible runway, a passenger terminal with a capacity of five million passengers per annum, a cargo terminal building capable of handling 250,000 tons per annum, and a dedicated road connecting to the region's largest port in Jebel Ali.

Phase two of the project, expected to be complete in 2020, will see the airport grow to five runways and a capacity of 160 million passengers.