Dubai set to overtake Heathrow as world’s largest airport in just 4 years: Telegraph

Posted: April 19, 2012 in Airlines, Heathrow, Middle East
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Dubai is set to overtake Heathrow by 2016 as the world’s largest international airport.

By 2020 Dubai expects to cater for 90 million passengers. Photo: Alamy

By 2020 Dubai expects to cater for 90 million passengers. Photo: Alamy

Last year Heathrow handled 69.4 million passengers. With both parties opposing expansion and the building of a third runway, it is set to be eclipsed by   its international vals.

By 2020 Dubai expects to cater for 90 million passengers thanks to expansion of existing terminals and the construction of a new one capable of handling   20 giant Airbus A380s.

Even this will be dwarfed by Dubai’s plans for a new monster airport by the middle of the next decade.

With five runways, it is anticipated that it will be cater for 160 million people by the late 2020s.

Its expansion plans along with the aggressive growth of Paris and Frankfurt has intensified pressure from aviation and business leaders for the   Government to have a change of heart.

Katja Hall, the CBI’s Chief Policy Director, warned that Britain was in danger of becoming a “branch line” unless it action was taken.

“The eleven major policy reviews on airport capacity since the last full-length runway was opened in the south of England in 1948 illustrate the   degree of political challenge here. But the consequences of this indecision   can no longer be ignored,” she said.

“The UK is becoming a branch-line destination on the route map of global airlines. This is a damaging break in the UK’s export chain, and its   consequences are a real concern for businesses across the country.”

Willie Walsh, the head of the International Airlines Group, welcomed the Coalition’s decision to reopen the debate on runway capacity in the South   East, but added that all options should be considered.

James Hogan, the chief executive of Etihad, also called for Heathrow to be allowed to expand…..

Read the full Daily Telegraph story….


David Millward

By , Transport Editor, Tokyo
18 Apr 2012


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