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"Annual traffic at Dubai airports to reach 98m"
Friday, May 18, 2012
Annual traffic at Dubai airports to reach 98m
By Issac John
UAE - The Khaleej Times
DUBAI — Annual aircraft movements in Dubai are expected to increase to
560,000 by 2020 when over 98 million passengers and over four million tonnes of
air freight will pass through the emirate’s airports, a special research
The total aircraft movements, including local and foreign airlines, general
aviation, private operators and freighters, in the UAE will surge to 620,000 in
2012 and 663,000 by 2013, according to the study on the GCC airports
performance and future growth trends and projections.
Titled “Aviation in the GCC States - Flying High Amidst Global Turbulence,”
the study has been released for the Airport Show-2012, which takes place in
Dubai from May 22 to 24 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition
This remarkable growth would see the aviation sector accounting for 22 per cent
of Dubai’s total employment and 32 per cent of the emirate’s gross domestic
product by 2020, the study prepared by Nadd Al Shiba PR and Event Management
According to the study, by 2020, Emirates, Qatar, and Etihad will have the
capacity to carry nearly 200 million passengers: four times their current
“The UAE has a total of 120,000 square kilometers of airspace, with 35
international air corridors. More than 50 percent restricted to military use.
To compensate for this shortage and the rapid growth of aircraft movements in
the UAE airspace, the General Civil Aviation Authority has heavily invested in
adoption of new technologies to optimise use of available airspace capacity,”
the study said.
Mohamad Bader-Eddin, Show Director at Reed Exhibitions Middle East, organisers
of the Airport Show, said exhibitors would have free access to this study
offering analysis and deep insights into the aviation sector of the GCC region.
Visitors will also be able to download this study by registering online through
the show’s website www.theairportshow.com soon.
Held under the patronage of Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the
Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and CEO
of Emirates airline and Group, it will be held at the Dubai International
Convention and Exhibition Centre with the confirmed participation of over 205
exhibitors and attracting thousands of visitors from around the globe. Entry to
the show is free.
The special report is one of the initiatives, alongside the seminars series, to
enhance the knowledge of the aviation industry professionals about latest
trends and developments in addition to offering them futuristic insights about
the market landscape. The report revealed that modern airport infrastructure in
the region is encouraging Hubbing operations between the East and the West.
In the near future, airlines, airports, and air traffic controls in the Middle
East will need to successfully serve more than four times the 120 million
passengers served this year. In 2015, Dubai, Doha and Abu Dhabi airports will
have a combined annual capacity of 190 million passengers. Current capacity
utilisation in the GCC (passengers/capacity) stands at over
115 per cent.
Airbus predicts that, by 2028, the Middle East fleet will treble in size, while
the Boeing forecasts that the Middle Eastern airlines would require 2,340
aircraft by 2029.
The International Air Transport Association, or IATA, said the Middle East as a
whole also appears to be fully recovered from the negative effects on air
travel of the 2011 Arab Spring.
Recently, IATA downgraded its global airline profit forecast for 2012 from $3.5
billion to $3.0 billion. However, for the Middle East region, IATA sees a
profit this year of $500 million, which is raised from its previous estimate of
$300 million and represents a significant improvement compared to earnings of
just $100 million last year.
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