Dubai Airport is drawing expansion plans of the world’s busiest airport to cater to the increasing cargo volumes and passenger traffic. To this end, the airport is all set to witness a US$1.6 billion-US$2.7 billion expansion over the next seven years that will turn it into a smart airport, with design optimizations to streamline operations. After seven years and once Phase 2 is completed, Dubai’s newer airport, Dubai World Central (DWC, or Al-Maktoum International) would be expanded to carry 15 million tonnes of cargo and a massive 250 million travellers. The airport will have five runways and 400 gates spread across 65 sq.km. As of October 2023, air passenger traffic as measured by revenue passenger-kilometres (RPKs) was just 1.8 per cent off 2019 levels, while seat capacity was 97.0 per cent of pre-pandemic levels, according to IATA data.
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