Dubai Predicts Growth

Dubai Airports has released its updated traffic forecast for Dubai International and Dubai World Central-Al Maktoum International (DWC-AMI), which projects a 13.6% international passenger traffic growth in 2010.  Total passenger traffic is expected to reach 40.5 million by the end of 2009 and top 46 million in 2010.
“Improving economic conditions, state-of-the-art infrastructure, strong expansion by Emirates Airline and emerging low-cost carrier flydubai, and an open skies policy that promotes market access to other international airlines are driving this growth,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.  “Dubai is located four hours flying time from one-third of the world’s population and 12 hours from 80% of the population.  New aircraft types such as the Airbus A380 and Boeing 777ER are shrinking our globe and amplifying the attractiveness of our strategic location for international and regional operations.  As a result Dubai International has seen traffic triple in just eight years.  Today we have more than 125 carriers serving 210 destinations on six continents.”
The first phase of DWC-AMI is also expected to stimulate traffic when it opens in June 2010.