Construction is underway at Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai, expected to be the world’s biggest airport, with five runways and three sprawling terminals.
Al Maktoum International Airport is claimed to be the world’s largest passenger and cargo hub. The airport will have the capacity to handle 120-150 million passengers, which is more than that of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport – currently the world’s busiest passenger airport. The facility will handle more than 12 million tonnes of cargo annually, which is more than three times that of Memphis International Airport – the largest cargo hub at present. The facility will be ten times larger than Dubai International Airport and Dubai Cargo Village combined.
Once finished, the airport will feature six parallel runways and concourses with a 91m high control tower that is designed as an aviation landmark in the Middle East. The airport will be able to handle all next-generation aircraft, including the A380 superjumbo. Up to four aircrafts will be able to land simultaneously, 24 hours a day, which will result in minimised air queuing.
The 75,000 square metre passenger terminal building is a single structure, designed to cater to up to five to seven million passengers per annum.
Al Maktoum Airport forms the main part of $33 billion Dubai World Central (DWC), a planned residential, commercial and logistics complex. The project is expected to be fully built-out and operational by 2017.