DUBAI – The new passenger terminal of Al Maktoum International Airport won’t be finished until 2018 pending completion of construction work as well as the conduct of trials and tests in the facility, according to reports quoting a spokesman of Dubai Airports.
Dubai Airports operate the Dubai International Airport and the Al Maktoum airport at Jebel Ali. Dubai Airports had set the completion of the new terminal during the first quarter of the year.
The new date of the opening of the new terminal was not mentioned by the Dubai Airports spokesman.
The Al Maktoum International Airport is Dubai’s second largest gateway and will become the world’s biggest airport when expansion work is finished as it will handle 26 million passengers yearly.
Dubai plans to make Al Maktoum a primary airport and will be the home of Emirates airline in the year 2025.
Currently, Dubai International is the world’s largest airport, with 84.5 million passengers served in 2016.
Dubai earlier secured a US$3 billion financing for the expansion of Dubai and Al Maktoum airports, which are expected to serve a total 146 million passengers by 2025. GAC/Expat Media
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