Dubai airport sees off 6m passengers

DUBAI — Passenger movement at Dubai International Airport in the first quarter of 2005 was registered 6.02 million, showing a growth of 12.7 per cent as compared with 5.34 million over the same period last year.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Mon 18 Apr 2005, 11:25 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:06 PM

Dubai Cargo Village registered a 18.3 per cent growth having handled a total of 303,206 tonnes of freight as compared to 256,229 tonnes during the same period last year.

Aircraft movement last year was registered 46,756 movements in the first quarter of 2004 while this year it witnessed a 12.8 per cent growth with 52,738 movements. First quarter sales at Dubai Duty Free topped Dh510 million ($141 million) representing a 20 per cent increase over the same period last year and placing the award-winning operation on track for another year of record sales.

Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Department of Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates, said: “The first quarter passenger movement was boosted by strong growth in the months of January and March. In 2004, we had 21.7 million passengers throughput and this year we hope to have 25 million.”

“Taking into consideration the continues growth at Dubai Cargo Village we have started the initial works at the airport city in Jebel Ali. The project will be completed in phases.

The first phase, costing $547 million (Dh2 billion) will include the Logistics City and one runway keeping the initial focus on cargo requirements. The airport will consist of a number of terminals, six parallel runways, a large area for cargo and two main entrances. When completed, the airport will have the capacity to handle 120 million passengers and 12 million tonnes of cargo annually. All facilities will be equipped to handle new generation aircraft including the A380.

Meanwhile, construction of Terminal 3, Concourse 2 and Concourse 3 for passengers and a Mega Cargo Terminal, and upgrades to Terminal 2 - are well under way and on schedule.

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