Dubai Aviation City Corporation (DAEC) has signed a contract with Al Jaber LEGT Engineering and Contracting (ALEC) for the expansion of the passenger terminal building at Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai, UAE.
Under the agreement, the first phase of this project, which will more than the built-up area of the passenger terminal building from the existing 66,107 sq m to 145,926 sq m, will be completed by June next year.
It is expected that following additional planned extensions, the airport will handle up to 26.5 million passengers per year by 2025, said a statement from DAEC.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum (photo), President, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, chairman and chief executive, Emirates Airline and Group, and DAEC chairman, said: “Today’s announcement marks a historic milestone in the journey of Al Maktoum International which is set to become the world’s largest airport.”
“We are guided by the vision of our leader, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to position Dubai as the aviation capital of the world. We are poised to significantly boost Dubai’s economy by creating a world-class facility capable of handling the growing number of passengers visiting and transiting our city,” he added.
On project completion, the Al Maktoum International Airport will ultimately have the capacity to handle over 220 million passengers per year.
“Al Maktoum International is being designed to become an airport of the future. We are building a range of amenities and facilities that will increase capacity and significantly enrich the airport experience, making it an attractive proposition for airlines as well as passengers,” Sheikh Ahmed stated.
As part of the proposed expansion work of the passenger terminal, the arrival building, which houses the public hall for arrivals, the baggage claim area and related services, as well as the arrival baggage handling system, will feature a new immigration hall for 55 control counters, visa and passenger utilities, said the statement from DAEC.
The departure building will see the expansion of the public hall, commercial areas and offices as well as the check-in hall, which will house 64 check-in counters. An additional 10 counters will be specifically dedicated to business check-in, it stated.
Expansions will also include 12 new boarding lounges and the extension of the emigration transfer and security area. A new baggage screening area for arrivals will be added while the current baggage reclaim area will see three new carrousels, it added.