Delays to New Dubai Airport

The giant Al-Maktoum International Airport at Jebel Ali in Dubai will not open until next year, around a year later than originally planned. The new facility, which will have six concourses and two terminals, is expected to handle 120 million passengers a year, and will become the main passenger and cargo hub for the growing United Arab Emirates metropolis. According to Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, a delay securing an operating licence from the country’s General Civil Aviation Authority is the reason for the hold-up. “We were hoping to receive it this year but it has got delayed and we do not see it happening until mid-2010,”he explained.
“It was always an aspiration that we would get everything in place by mid-2009 in order to open the new airport. But we still have to commission all equipment needed, hire the right staff, and ready all the facilities and so on. We do not see it all being completed this year. So, we are aiming for a mid-2010 opening,” he added.