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Talks restart on Dubai’s airport expansion following pandemic

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Even though the Covid-19 pandemic put the $33 billion expansion of Al-Maktoum International Airport (DWC) on hold, the project is now being considered once more.

The greatest construction project in the Emirate has been discussed by project officials, according to the media portal Meed.

Dubai’s airport expansion slowed when the country’s focus moved to preparing for Expo 2020 and instability in the price of oil.

Due to the pandemic, the project eventually came to an end, and the contracts to start the construction were never signed.

According to Airports Council International, there will still be 23% fewer passengers using the airport in 2022 than there were in 2019. (ACI).

Dubai remains the world’s busiest airport for foreign travelers, AIC said on April 5, 2023. The airport handled 66 million passengers in 2022, followed by Amsterdam (58 million) and London (58 million) (52 million).

“While US airport hubs were able to recover quicker due to their strong domestic market, we are now witnessing global hubs joining upper ranks—including Dubai, Istanbul, and London Heathrow airport,” ACI World Director General Luis Felipe de Oliveira said.

“While we continue to march forward cautiously amidst multiple headwinds that could impact the speed and magnitude of global air traffic recovery, the latest rankings represent an important milestone in reaching pre-pandemic levels.”

The airport’s development is viewed as a means of attracting more travelers and investment to Dubai.

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