DIA flying high

The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has revised its growth projections for passenger traffic through Dubai International Airport to 70 million passengers by 2016, and has said the airport's expansion plans are ahead of schedule.

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By  Paul Barthram Published  June 1, 2003

The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has revised its growth projections for passenger traffic through Dubai International Airport to 70 million passengers by 2016, and has said the airport's expansion plans are ahead of schedule.

The revised figures come after 16 million passengers used Dubai International Airport last year, a growth figure of 18 per cent at a time when most of the aviation industry has been experiencing difficulties. Accordingly, the figures have been amended to accommodate the expected positive growth.

DCA officials have also indicated the expansion plans for the airport are well under way with more than half of the earth removed of the estimated 10 million tonnes needing for the construction, as well as 1,500 piles drilled and poured, and over 450 anchors for diaphragm walls completed.

Meanwhile, eight major consortia are bidding for the Dhs15 billion second phase expansion of the airport, which includes the foundation and concrete work for Terminal 3 and Concourse 2. The bids are under evaluation and the contract could be awarded within six weeks, with work expected to commence by August.

"Work on the airport expansion began in mid-2002. Between last year and the first five months of this year, 14 tenders were awarded. The DCA is expected to float a total of 52 new tenders during the next seven months," said Khalifa Suhail Al Zaffin, DCA director of engineering and projects.

The Dubai Cargo Village will also undergo major expansion with projections in 2015 at over 3.8 million tonnes of cargo going through the Cargo Village.

The Cargo Village expansion comprises the first phase of the Cargo Mega Terminal, a steel and concrete structure 270 metres long and 130 metres wide with a capacity of 1.2 million tonnes of cargo per year. This will bring the capacity of the Cargo Village up to 2.1 million tonnes of cargo per year, including the capacity of Halls A, B and Cargo Terminal Operation by 2006.

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