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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - AIRPORTS

Dubai International world’s leading A380 hub

Posted on 18/04/2013

Dubai International, the fastest growing airport in 2012 according to OAG statistics and the second busiest airport for international passenger traffic according to the Airports Council International data, can now claim the title as the world's leading hub for A380 operations, according to published airline industry flight schedule data for 2012. Published schedule data for 2012 shows the airport had 7,259 A380 scheduled flights to 28 destinations, with all but 88 of those flights scheduled by ...  >>MORE

Sharjah International Airport first-quarter traffic rises 15.71%

Posted on 18/04/2013

Sharjah International Airport recorded a 15.71 per cent increase in passenger traffic in the first quarter of this year marking its busiest three months ever. A total of 2.1 million travelled passed through the airport from January to March 2013 compared to 1.8 million in the same period last year. The aircraft movements were up 1.22 per cent in the first quarter of this year to reach 16.602 compared to 16.402 in the same period of 2012. The freight handled for the same period of this year ...  >>MORE

Emirates adds a touch of Brazilian fair as Visa showcases 2014 FIFA World Cup Winners Trophy at Dubai Airport

Posted on 08/04/2013

Emirates, one of the fastest growing airlines in the world -and an Official FIFA Worldwide Partner and sponsor of the FIFA World Cup - helped give football fans a taste of the action on Friday 5th April, when the 2014 FIFA World Cup Winners Trophy was displayed in Dubai Airport's new Concourse A facility. In anticipation of the Brazil-hosted FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 this June, and the subsequent FIFA World Cup next year, Emirates crew from Brazil met football fans as they gathered to ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways and UAE Embassy host gala dinner to celebrate new Washington D.C-Abu Dhabi

Posted on 04/04/2013

Washington society stepped out in style last night at an exclusive gala dinner co-hosted by the United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United States and Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the UAE. More than 450 distinguished guests attended a glamorous gala dinner at the prestigious Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, in the heart of the city, to celebrate the launch of the airline's new daily service linking Washington, D.C., and the UAE's capital Abu Dhabi. Harry Connick Jr. and his band ...  >>MORE

Dubai World Central to launch passenger operations

Posted on 04/04/2013

Dubai Airports yesterday announced that Dubai World Central will open its doors to passengers on October 27, 2013 when launch carriers nasair and Wizz Air commence operations into Dubai's second airport. nasair plans to operate over 50 flights per week between Dubai and a number of destinations in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi-based carrier already operates 950 weekly flights to 28 destinations with a fleet of 21 aircraft comprised of Airbus A320s and Embraer E190s. Wizz Air, which provides ...  >>MORE

Dubai Duty Free first-quarter sales up 12%

Posted on 03/04/2013

Dubai Duty Free recorded sales worth Dh1.6 billion in the first quarter of this year, marking a 12 per cent increase from the same period a year earlier. The airport retailer, now in its 30th year of business, said in a statement that the opening of Dubai International Terminal 3's Concourse A in January contributed strongly to the jump in sales in the first three months of the year. "We have had a very good start to the year and no doubt the opening of Concourse A has contributed towards ...  >>MORE

DXB confirmed as world's second busiest international airport

Posted on 31/03/2013

Dubai International has been confirmed as the world's second busiest airport for international passenger traffic, moving ahead of Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport for the first time, Dubai Airports said Thursday. Since the start of the year Dubai International has moved up two positions in the global rankings and now has London Heathrow's title as the world's busiest international airport firmly within its sights. The move up the rankings was confirmed by the latest figures published by ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi International Airport passenger traffic grows by 13.1% in Feb

Posted on 28/03/2013

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) yesterday released Abu Dhabi International Airport's traffic report for last month indicating a 13.1% growth in passenger traffic over the same period last year, with over 1.2 million (1,221,686) passengers passing through the airport. Aircraft movements in February also grew by 7.5% over the same period last year, totalling 9,960 movements, and cargo volume increased by 16.7%, reaching 50,020 tonnes. India recorded the highest traffic for the Capital's ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Airports Company awards major expansion contract to Taylor Woodrow International Construction

Posted on 27/03/2013

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) yesterday appointed Taylor Woodrow International Construction LLC to carry out major expansion work at Abu Dhabi International Airport. The new contract is part of the Capacity Enhancement Program (CEP) at the Capital's airport which is focused on accommodating the growing traffic at its facilities. The £14.8m (Dh84, 040,082) joint venture between Taylor Woodrow and Abu Dhabi contractor Fibrex Construction Group will see extensive upgrades in the airport's ...  >>MORE

Dubai International passenger numbers continue to soar

Posted on 27/03/2013

Dubai International passenger numbers continued to soar in February with 5.08 million customers passing through the facility up 11.4 per cent from the same period in 2012, according to the monthly traffic report issued yesterday by Dubai Airports. Passenger traffic totalled 5,080,360 in February up from 4,561,147 recorded during the same month in 2012. Year to date, passenger numbers are up 13 per cent to 10,640,120 from 9,413,286 recorded during the same period last year. Aircraft movements ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2013 generates Dh3 billion in sales

Posted on 26/03/2013

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) confirmed yesterday that the total value of sales at Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2013, the region's only general aviation exhibition, reached in excess of Dh 3 billion. The successful show, which ran from 5th to 7th March and was celebrating its second year, also saw a 30% increase in attendance, with 13,000 visitors and 160 exhibitors from local, regional and international companies participating. Several important contracts were announced during the Air Expo, ...  >>MORE

Sharjah airport working on new masterplan for expansion

Posted on 18/03/2013

Sharjah International Airport is working on a new master plan for its expansion after it reached full capacity, said a senior official. Speaking to Emirates 24l7, Ghanem Al Hajri, Chairman of Sharjah Airport Authority, said: "We are developing a new master plan because we've crossed the capacity of seven million passengers in 2012. We are reviewing the master plan in order to meet the expansion needs of the airport. The review is underway and the result is expected by the end of this year; so ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi International Airport named best Airport in the Middle East by Airport Council International

Posted on 17/03/2013

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) celebrates Abu Dhabi International Airport's victory in the "Best Airport for the Middle East region" category of Airports Council International (ACI) ASQ Survey results. The ASQ (Airport Service Quality) Survey, which gauges passenger satisfaction, is a key benchmark for customer service in the global airports' industry. The awards, announced by ACI in Montreal, Canada, showed that Abu Dhabi International Airport had the biggest overall improvement in ASQ ...  >>MORE

UAE airports to handle over 85 million passengers in 2013

Posted on 13/03/2013

With their spirits sky high about the multi-billion dollar airports expansion programme, the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states are increasingly exploring the airport leadership challenges and capacity building in their endeavour to solidify the region's future position on the world aviation map. Several airports, facing challenging times and tougher competition, are looking at fundamentally changing the way they do business and breed new leaders as they prepare for a massive growth ...  >>MORE

33 million use Dubai airports in 2012

Posted on 12/03/2013

The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFAD) on Monday announced that around 33 million passengers used the emirate's international airport in 2012. The Dubai International Airport saw a significant jump of 17.8 per cent in terms of inbound and outbound passengers which amounted to 32,860,637 people last year, against 27,885,990 in 2011. That is 4,974,647 passengers more,” Major-General Mohammed Al Marri, Director-General of the directorate, said, noting that ...  >>MORE

India's Spicejet inaugural flight lands in Sharjah

Posted on 11/03/2013

SpiceJet's maiden flight to Sharjah landed in the emirate's international airport where it was welcome with the traditional water cannon salute. Spicejet's maiden flight which came from Varanasi, a city in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, on a New Generation Boeing 737 (189 seater aircraft). Sharjah is the Indian low fare airlines' second destination after Dubai. It is fast expanding its wings in international skies by connecting Sharjah with Varanasi and Lucknow through direct ...  >>MORE

Dubai International starts 2013 with new passenger record

Posted on 27/02/2013

Dubai International has begun 2013 in top gear, setting yet another monthly record by welcoming, for the first time, more than 5.5 million passengers in a single month. According to the traffic report issued by Dubai Airports yesterday, passenger traffic rose 14.6 per cent to 5,559,760 in January 2013, up from 4,852,139 in the same month in 2012. Aircraft movements totalled 31,332 in January 2013, climbing 5.6 per cent from the 29,680 movements recorded in January 2012. Most markets were ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi International Airport reports 19.6% passenger growth in January

Posted on 26/02/2013

The Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) yesterday said it posted double digit increase of 19.6 per cent in passenger traffic in January, compared to the same month last year. The report revealed that over 1.3 million passengers passed through the airport's facilities last month. Aircraft movements, which also registered a positive growth of 12.6 per cent in January, totalled 11,119. Similarly, cargo volume recorded an increase of 25 per cent compared to the same month last year. The cargo ...  >>MORE

Al Bateen Executive Airport records solid growth in traffic in 2012

Posted on 14/02/2013

Al Bateen Executive Airport, operated and managed by Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), yesterday announced the results of the full year traffic review for 2012 showing an increase of 11% in aircraft movements recorded in 2011. Additionally, visiting private aircraft reached a growth of 40% in 2012 compared with 2011. These robust increases in a challenging economic environment demonstrate the success of the airport in attracting corporate and VIP clients to the only dedicated business ...  >>MORE

World's first A380 facility becomes fully operational at Dubai

Posted on 11/02/2013

Dubai Airports and Emirates yesterday announced the successful completion of the phased launch of Concourse A - the home of the A380 and the world's first purpose-built facility for the aircraft at Dubai International. All 20 A380 capable contact gates and Emirates' luxurious First Class and Business Class lounges, which comprise 29,000 square metres of the facility, are now fully operational after a five-week-long phase-in period. During the first month of operations following its ...  >>MORE

Immigration to speed up at Dubai airport

Posted on 11/02/2013

As Dubai airport fully unveils its Dh12-billion dedicated A380 superjumbo terminal, the crush of passengers it has brought in has contributed to long immigration wait times, the CEO said. The new 20-gate Concourse A, part of Terminal 3, has been open since January 2 but declared fully launched on Sunday. It has clearly already benefitted sole resident Emirates airline, which on Sunday projected this year's profits would jump between 18 and 20 per cent on the past year. The company, which with ...  >>MORE

RAK International Airport achieves significant gains in 2012

Posted on 07/02/2013

RAK International Airport's efforts at providing comprehensive world-class quality airport services has gained substantial ground as both passenger numbers and financial performance figures posted impressive growth throughout 2012. Under the vision and guidance of H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah and Member of the Supreme Council, the strategic and rapid development of RAK International Airport has resulted in a 24% growth in passenger numbers and over 60% growth in ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi International Airport records Dh809.5 million retail revenue in 2012

Posted on 31/01/2013

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), the operator of Abu Dhabi's five airports, revealed yesterday that Abu Dhabi Duty Free retail revenue reached Dh 809.5 million in 2012, an increase of 24% over 2011, setting a new record for the company. The announcement was made yesterday by the Chief Operating Officer, Mohammed Al Bulooki at the opening of Trinity Forum 2013, hosted by Abu Dhabi Airports Company. The retail figures reflect an increase in both Spend Per Passenger and average transaction ...  >>MORE

Dubai world’s third busiest airport now

Posted on 29/01/2013

Dubai International airport has become the world's third busiest airport for international passengers on strong 13.2 per cent annual growth in passenger traffic in 2012, its operator said on Monday. The passenger traffic surged to nearly 58 million last year and the airport is expected to cross 65 million passengers' mark in 2013, according to Dubai Airports chief executive officer Paul Griffiths. "Moving into the top three is a fantastic achievement for Dubai International and we now have ...  >>MORE

Dubai Airports seeks bids for Concourse D advertising concession

Posted on 23/01/2013

Dubai Airports is inviting specialist advertising companies to submit expressions of interest to be awarded the official concession for Concourse D, currently under construction at Dubai International. Concourse D will become the new home of more than 100 international airlines that fly to and from Dubai International when it opens in 2015. The new facility, which will house all gates and extensive commercial outlets, will be linked Terminal 1 via a new elevated train. On-airport advertising ...  >>MORE

Terminal 2 capacity to double by June

Posted on 20/01/2013

Dubai International airport's Terminal 2 is expected to double its capacity in June, 2013 after the completion of expansion work, according to a top official of Dubai Airports. At present more than 50 airlines operate out of this terminal. Recent expansions and refurbishment have increased the annual capacity to five million passengers from three million, which is likely to reach 10 million passengers this year. Inaugurated on May 1, 1998 to alleviate congestion at Terminal 1, Terminal 2 ...  >>MORE

Sharjah airport records 14% growth in passengers

Posted on 17/01/2013

Sharjah International Airport achieved a double-digit growth in passenger numbers last year compared to previous year, mainly contributed by Air Arabia's expansion, according to the airport's authority. The airport handled more than 7.5 million passengers in 2012 compared to 6.6 million in 2011, reflecting a 13.6 per cent year-on-year growth. Air craft movements also increased by 3.5 per cent to 65,975 during January to December period last year, compared to 63,737 in the same period a year ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Airport adds eight new cargo airlines in 2012

Posted on 16/01/2013

Eight new cargo airlines at Sharjah International Airport in 2012 further enhanced its position as one of the best cargo handling facilities and services in the region, according to its ground handler Sharjah Aviation Services (SAS). The company will focus on green environment that aims to reduce carbon emissions as much as possible during 2013, according to a statement issued by the company on Monday. SAS provides passenger and ramp handling as well as operating one of the region's leading ...  >>MORE

DubaiSat-1 images used to monitor Dubai Airport Concourse 3 construction progress

Posted on 07/01/2013

The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST), as part of its mandate to conduct research using satellite data, has successfully utilised DubaiSat-1 images to monitor the construction of Concourse 3 at Dubai International Airport. The UAE's first satellite has been mapping the progress of the project from its early stages and will continue to track it until its expected completion early this year. Launched by the EIAST in July 2009, DubaiSat-1 has been transmitting ...  >>MORE

First Emirates A380 Flight departs from new Concourse A

Posted on 03/01/2013

Emirates Airlines yesterday achieved another first with the inaugural departure yesterday of an A380 flight from the new and world's only dedicated and purpose-built A380 concourse at Dubai International Airport. Part of the airport's Terminal 3 complex, Concourse A will become the "home of the Emirates A380", from where passengers will connect to more than 20 Emirates A380 destinations around the world, including A380 flights to Europe on Australian airline, Qantas, in terms of the global ...  >>MORE

Dubai Duty Free earns Dh5.9b in 2012

Posted on 03/01/2013

Dubai Duty Free (DDF) earned Dh5.9 billion in sales last year, up by 10 per cent from 2011, it announced yesterday. The Duty Free is looking to add new retailers to its current mix of brands in 2013, Colm McLoughlin, executive vice chairman told Gulf News. "We have been able to look at some new suppliers as a result of the new Concourse opening, particularly in the fashion and luxury side of things.” With the phased opening of Concourse A dedicated to Emirates A380 planes, the DDF now has ...  >>MORE

Concourse A to create thousands of jobs

Posted on 27/12/2012

Concourse A (Erstwhile known as Concourse 3), the world's first purpose-built Airbus A380-dedicated facility of its kind, will help create a between 5,000 to 6,000 jobs when it opens within the next three months, officials say. Paul Griffiths, Chief Executive Officer of the Dubai Airports, told Gulf News that his team is gearing up for the opening of the new concourse. "It's a whole new facility opening up and we are all excited about it. If things work out as planned, we are planning to open ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi International Airport Registers 10% Increase in passenger traffic in November

Posted on 25/12/2012

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) yesterday revealed the traffic report for Abu Dhabi International Airport during the month of November 2012. The report indicated that the Capital's airport registered a 10% increase in passenger traffic for the month of November 2012 compared to the same period in 2011, reaching 1,211,464 passengers. Aircraft movements increased by 7.9% reaching 10,711. Cargo traffic figures were also on the rise, with over 49,896 tonnes of freight handled throughout the ...  >>MORE

DXB's annual passenger traffic to surpass 56.5 million target

Posted on 25/12/2012

Passenger traffic at Dubai International is all set to surpass the projected target of 56.5 million for the year, as the world's fourth busiest hub for international passengers racked up another month of double digit growth this November, according to the monthly traffic report issued by Dubai Airports. The airport operator said it is likely the traffic to reach 66 million in 2013. With monthly traffic in November reaching 4,875,003, up 10 per cent over 4,431,673 in the corresponding month ...  >>MORE

Trial run tests Dubai's new A380 concourse

Posted on 25/12/2012

Thousands of people from around the UAE took part in a trial run of Dubai International's new facility, which was built for Emirates' fleet of A380s. The trial, which took place on December 15 and 22, was described by many participants as a "rewarding travel experience”. According to a press statement by Dubai airports, nearly 1,500 volunteers, including staff, took part in the trial on December 22. They played different roles in a simulation of a typical airport day at the facility, which is ...  >>MORE

Dubai Duty Free soars to record profits

Posted on 24/12/2012

Dubai Duty Free made almost Dh1.5 billion (US$408 million) in profits this year as the 57 million passengers passing through the emirate's international airport lifted sales to an all-time high. The airport retailer is expected to generate just less than Dh5.9bn in revenue, on sales that included some 23,000 iPads, about two tonnes of gold and more than two million bottles of perfume. The profit disclosure reveals that Dubai Duty Free now makes more money than global big names such as ...  >>MORE

Over 1,100 Dubai residents test-drive new A380 Concourse

Posted on 17/12/2012

Dubai Airports, operator of the world's fourth busiest hub for international passengers and freight, recently conducted the first operational trial involving members of the public, to test the readiness of the newly built Concourse A - the world's first purpose-built A380 facility at Dubai International's Terminal 3. The major trial follows a comprehensive series of preliminary exercises that were carried out at the facility in recent weeks with the participation of employees of the airport ...  >>MORE

Passenger traffic surges 14 per cent in Nov. 2012 at Sharjah International Airport

Posted on 13/12/2012

The Sharjah International Airport saw the rise in passengers last November by 14 per cent to 640, 527 compared to 561, 668 passengers in corresponding period last year, according to the recent statistical report released by the Sharjah Airport Authority. The regular and irregular traffic at the airport surged slightly in Nov. by 0.46 per cent to 5, 716, while the volume of cargo handling during the same period of this year were 28, 804 tons, and the shipping - air volume handling reached 3, ...  >>MORE

New passenger terminal ready

Posted on 12/12/2012

The five-day Dubai Airshow will be held at Dubai World Central from November 17-21, 2013. So the passenger terminal will be opened before November 17, according to Sheikh Ahmed's talks to media at Meba. Earlier this month, the Dubai Aviation City Corporation, or Dacc, executive chairman Khalifa Al Zaffin said the decision to commence commercial passenger operations from Al Maktoum will be announced soon. "The passenger terminal is ready to go. It has been tested and waiting for signal,” Al ...  >>MORE

ADAC expands global network with the arrival of first Chinese carrier to Abu Dhabi

Posted on 06/12/2012

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) welcomed yesterday the first route from a Chinese carrier to Abu Dhabi when the inaugural flight from Hainan Airlines arrived at Abu Dhabi International Airport from Beijing. The new route will be operated twice weekly connecting Beijing to Luanda via Abu Dhabi. The new service will fly out of Beijing every Monday and Friday at 21:20, arriving in Abu Dhabi at 03:20 the following day. It will then depart from Abu Dhabi on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 05:20, ...  >>MORE

Civil Aviation launches Phase II of Love Your Sky at Dubai Airport

Posted on 06/12/2012

UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has launched the second phase of its passengers' safety and security campaign "Love Your Sky" in collaborations with Dubai Airport aiming to raise awareness with passenger safety and security through promoting the best practices in flight and on the ground. The campaign goes in line with GCAA strategy to promote safety and security in collaboration with the local aviation industry. Phase-two of "Love Your Sky" was formally launched through an ...  >>MORE

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Dubai International world’s leading A380 hub


Sharjah International Airport first-quarter traffic rises 15.71%


Emirates adds a touch of Brazilian fair as Visa showcases 2014 FIFA World Cup Winners Trophy at Dubai Airport


Etihad Airways and UAE Embassy host gala dinner to celebrate new Washington D.C-Abu Dhabi


Dubai World Central to launch passenger operations


Dubai Duty Free first-quarter sales up 12%


DXB confirmed as world's second busiest international airport


Abu Dhabi International Airport passenger traffic grows by 13.1% in Feb


Abu Dhabi Airports Company awards major expansion contract to Taylor Woodrow International Construction


Dubai International passenger numbers continue to soar


Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2013 generates Dh3 billion in sales


Sharjah airport working on new masterplan for expansion


Abu Dhabi International Airport named best Airport in the Middle East by Airport Council International


UAE airports to handle over 85 million passengers in 2013


33 million use Dubai airports in 2012


India's Spicejet inaugural flight lands in Sharjah


Dubai International starts 2013 with new passenger record


Abu Dhabi International Airport reports 19.6% passenger growth in January


Al Bateen Executive Airport records solid growth in traffic in 2012


World's first A380 facility becomes fully operational at Dubai


Immigration to speed up at Dubai airport


RAK International Airport achieves significant gains in 2012


Abu Dhabi International Airport records Dh809.5 million retail revenue in 2012


Dubai world’s third busiest airport now


Dubai Airports seeks bids for Concourse D advertising concession


Terminal 2 capacity to double by June


Sharjah airport records 14% growth in passengers


Sharjah Airport adds eight new cargo airlines in 2012


DubaiSat-1 images used to monitor Dubai Airport Concourse 3 construction progress


First Emirates A380 Flight departs from new Concourse A


Dubai Duty Free earns Dh5.9b in 2012


Concourse A to create thousands of jobs


Abu Dhabi International Airport Registers 10% Increase in passenger traffic in November


DXB's annual passenger traffic to surpass 56.5 million target


Trial run tests Dubai's new A380 concourse


Dubai Duty Free soars to record profits


Over 1,100 Dubai residents test-drive new A380 Concourse


Passenger traffic surges 14 per cent in Nov. 2012 at Sharjah International Airport


New passenger terminal ready


ADAC expands global network with the arrival of first Chinese carrier to Abu Dhabi


Civil Aviation launches Phase II of Love Your Sky at Dubai Airport