Dubai International overtaking Frankfurt, Hong Kong and Paris Charles de Gaulle
Dubai International Airport is set to become world’s second busiest international airport in terms of passenger traffic in the coming months, according to forecasts by the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation. The airport will, the centre says, overtake Frankfurt, Hong Kong and Paris Charles de Gaulle to move up to second place behind Heathrow Airport before November.
Dubai is growing due to an upswing in seasonal flights from Gulf carriers and an increasing numbers of passengers choosing to connect between Europe and Asia via Dubai. Traffic at DIA rose by 9% to 29.3 million passengers in 2011, while Heathrow carried 28.4 million with 9.9% growth that year. DIA is embarking on a US$7.8 billion expansion plan, which will increase capacity from 60 million to 90 million passengers per year.