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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - AIRPORTS

Dubai Air transport sector scales new heights

Posted on 19/02/2002

The air transport industry registered an increase in the total number of flights from 107, 399 in 1996 to 141, 282 in 2000, an average annual growth rate of 5.6 per cent, according to the Dubai Municipality Statistical Yearbook for 2000. The increase has transformed into an oasis that provides an ideal venue for carriers. While scheduled flights recorded a constant increase between 1996 and 2000, non-scheduled flights showed a fluctuating trend. Scheduled flights increased from 81, 593 in ...  >>MORE

Afghanistan's Ariana airline resumes flights to Sharjah

Posted on 14/02/2002

An Afghanistan Ariana plane arrived at Sharjah from Kabul on 11 February, the second international flight by the airline since October 2001. The carrier will resume daily cargo flights to Sharjah, and will also operate a weekly passenger flight. http://www.sharjah.gov.ae http://www.shj-airport.gov.ae ...  >>MORE

Dubai airport had 13.5m passengers in 2001

Posted on 07/02/2002

Dubai International Airport handled 13.5 million passengers in 2001, a 10 per cent increase on 2000, despite the impact of September 11 events, according to Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation and chairman of the Emirates Group. Speaking on 5 February, he said that 'passenger traffic projections for 2002 are 15 million, 10 per cent more than 2001. This figure is forecast to rise to 30 million passengers by 2010'. >>MORE

Dubai airport serves 13.5m passengers

Posted on 06/02/2002

Dubai International Airport served 13.5 million passengers last year, which represents 10 per cent growth in 2001 over the previous year, despite the impact of September 11 events, according to a top government official. Passenger traffic projections for the current year stand at 15 million, which will be 10 per cent higher than that of 2001. "Dubai International Airport has witnessed tremendous growth over the last 10 years and, despite the impact of global events, we had 10 per cent growth in ...  >>MORE

Dubai Duty Free wins top award

Posted on 30/01/2002

Dubai Duty Free walked away with its first industry award for 2002 at the Middle East and Africa Duty Free symposium in Amman. Dubai Duty Free was named the "Most Distinctive Retailer of the Year" in the Gulf and Africa for the second consecutive year. The award was given by Prince Faisal of Jordan. Commenting on the Dubai Duty Free Award, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation said: "This award represents another positive start to the year, ...  >>MORE

Dubai Airport will remain safety oasis, Mohammed

Posted on 24/01/2002

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister, announced today that Dubai International Airport would see major expansions in the near future to ensure its standing as the best destination for airlines and passengers. ' Dubai Airport will remain a safe oases for air carriers and passengers alike, ' Sheikh Mohammed said at a meeting with Chairman and members of the committee for international air flights operators at Dubai airport. Sheikh Mohammed was ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Duty Free to get new look

Posted on 16/01/2002

Abu Dhabi Duty Free will shortly wear a new look following a comprehensive renovation and expansion programme that is about to be completed. The expansion includes setting up 20 new retail outlets inside the arrival and departure lounge, said Jennifer Walsh, ADDF's public relations officer. The airport handled 3.7 million passengers in 2000 and 1.86 million in the first six months of 2001. This was an increase of 4 per cent over the corresponding period last year. The project is being ...  >>MORE

Dubai airport puts on good show in 2001

Posted on 14/01/2002

Despite September 11, a total of 13.5 million passengers passed through the Dubai International Airport, registering a 10 per cent growth over 2000. The cargo movement also grew by 9 per cent to 632,222.52 tonnes, according to the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation (DCA). "Despite global events, 2001 has been a good year. We are close on track with passenger and freight movement forecasts," said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, DCA president and chairman of Emirates. Both passenger ...  >>MORE

Dubai Duty Free sales rise to Dh888 million ($242 million) in 2001

Posted on 10/01/2002

Dubai Duty Free (DDF) recorded annual sales of Dh888 million ($242 million) in 2001, an 11 per cent increase over previous year sales, placing DDF among the top seven airport retail operations world-wide in terms of turnover. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Department of Civil Aviation, said on 7 January that 'We aim to retain the trend in 2002. The year 2001 was on track for being a record year with shop floor sales consistently higher than the previous year. Despite the ...  >>MORE

Dubai Duty Free sales hit Dh888m

Posted on 08/01/2002

Dubai Duty Free recorded annual sales of Dh888 million in 2001, representing an 11 per cent increase over previous year sales, firmly placing the institution among the top seven airport retail operations worldwide in terms of turnover. Increases include the rise in sales of electronic goods, which leapt 40 per cent over the previous year. Gold sales within Dubai Duty Free reached Dh106.2 million. Electronics now account for 11 per cent of total sales and are a close contender for the first ...  >>MORE

ADDF set to open border shop

Posted on 08/01/2002

Abu Dhabi Duty Free will shortly open the first border shop in the Arabian Gulf to cater to people travelling by road between the UAE and Saudi Arabia. It is located at Ghoyfat on the UAE side of the border, Jennifer Walsh, the Public Relations Officer at the ADDF, said here yesterday. The project, designed by the Engineering Department of the Abu Dhabi Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), is nearing completion and will occupy 468 square metres. Once operational, it will serve approximately ...  >>MORE

Fujairah airport posts robust growth

Posted on 02/01/2002

Fujairah International Airport has recorded a 43 per cent increase in passenger movement and another 123 per cent rise in cargo operations during November, compared to figures recorded in the same month last year. Khalid Al Mazroui, General Manager of the airport, said the airport has been used by 2,961 passengers last November, compared to 2,069 during the same month in 2000. The airport also handled around 6,031 tonnes of goods last November, compared to 2,706 tonnes in November 2000. (The ...  >>MORE

Passenger traffic at airports rises

Posted on 25/12/2001

A total of 2.24 billion passengers used 548 airports in 2000, said a senior official. Mohammed Al Khader, director-general of Ras Al Khaimah International Airport, said there was a 5.8 per cent growth in passenger traffic at these airports. Al Khader, who is a member of the Economic Committee of the International Airports Association, was quoting yesterday the Fifth Economic Report for 2000, which shed light on the economic aspects of international airports, according to a report in ‘Gulf News' ...  >>MORE

ADDF posts record revenue of US$48m

Posted on 11/12/2001

The Abu Dhabi Duty Free (ADDF) posted a record revenue of US$48 million and handled a total of 1.86 million passengers during the first half of this year. There has been a four per cent rise in traffic density compared with corresponding period the previous year, while total volume of sales during the period reached US$48 million. The first six months of this year have been marked by activity at ADDF that saw the completion of the first half of the third phase of its renovation project, ...  >>MORE

Cargo Village volumes leap in November

Posted on 11/12/2001

Dubai Cargo Village (DCV) witnessed record volumes during November, handling 60,524.15 tonnes - a 14.2 per cent increase over the corresponding period of the previous year. Total volumes, including couriers and mail handled during the 11 months of 2002 stand at 574,315 tonnes against 532,561.12 tonnes last year. While imports during November increased 17.37 per cent to 33,651.12 tonnes from 28,671.96 tonnes, the highest volumes handled on a single day was 1,261 tonnes on November 28. ...  >>MORE

Sharjah plans airport expansion

Posted on 09/12/2001

Sharjah Civil Aviation Department has an airport upgrade plan in place envisaging a Dh200 million outlay over the next five years, according to Mohammed Saif Al Hajri, director general. Work is set to start on a Dh40 million arrivals hall expansion to enhance its capacity and enable it handle peak season demand, he said, as cited in a recent issue of Al Tijarah, the official Sharjah chamber publication. Another initiative is the Dh15 million project to house the civil aviation and airport ...  >>MORE

DDF revenue to touch Dh1 billion this year

Posted on 05/12/2001

Dubai Duty Free is expected to achieve excellent growth with the revenue exceeding Dh1 billion this year despite the global economic turmoil that hit tourist traffic to the UAE, according to Colin Mcloughlin, Managing Director, Dubai Duty Free. Despite the fact that the transit traffic at the airport dropped 7.5 per cent, DDF has achieved a sales increase of Dh80 million compared to last year, he said. Being one of the top airport retail operations in the world, Dubai Duty Free has ...  >>MORE

Sharjah denies knowledge of Afghanistan Ariana airline in Sharjah

Posted on 29/11/2001

Allegations that Afghanistan's Ariana Airlines was allowed by Sharjah International Airport to use its facilities in contravention of United Nations resolutions appeared recently in the media outside the UAE. These allegations were strongly denied by Dr Ghanem Al Hajri, director general of Sharjah Airport Authority on 22 November when he said 'What has been published is false information intended to besmirch the fair name of Sharjah Civil Aviation Authority'. He said that 'Sharjah airport ...  >>MORE

UAE named head of WAC

Posted on 19/11/2001

The Geneva-based World Airports Council (WAC) has re-elected Dr. Ghanim Al Hajiri, Director General of Sharjah International Airport, for a two-year second presidential term. The selection of Al Hajiri for the international post is recognition of the significance of Asia and the UAE in the global aviation industry. It is a great honour for the UAE and the Arab World because Al Hajiri was the first Arab to be named and re-elected for the prestigious post. The re-election underlined the WAC's ...  >>MORE

Ajman to build international airport

Posted on 15/11/2001

On 13 November, Ajman announced that it will set up an international airport, the seventh commercial international airport in the UAE, with UK's Wiggins Group undertaking the Dh367 million ($100 million) contract to construct the terminal and infrastructure, hoped to be completed by the second half of 2002. http://www.ajcci.co.ae ...  >>MORE

Ajman to set up international airport

Posted on 14/11/2001

Ajman will set up an international airport, with the UK's Wiggins Group having undertaken the Dh367 million ($100 million) build-operate-transfer (BOT) contract to construct the terminal and allied infrastructure. The contract was signed in May, with project work at the Al Helou site near the Ajman Cement plant set to start shortly. The terminal is hoped to go operational in second-half 2002. This will be the seventh commercial international airport in the UAE. At a British Business Group ...  >>MORE

Sharjah, Frankfurt airports ink cooperation protocol

Posted on 10/11/2001

Sharjah Civil Aviation Department (SCAD) and Sharjah International Airport Authority (SIAA) signed yesterday a new cooperation agreement with Frankfurt Airport Authority to mark 25 years of partnership. SCAD Chairman Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Thani and Dr. William Bander of Frankfurt airport signed the protocol. Sheikh Abdullah hailed the partnership as successful and instrumental, adding that the German airport had offered high quality services which helped Sharjah airport to record ...  >>MORE

Dubai airport to expand

Posted on 08/11/2001

At the opening of the Dubai 2001 airshow Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced the construction of a third terminal at Dubai International Airport and two more concourses at a cost of $1.4 billion. Construction is expected to begin in 2002 and be completed by 2006. The cargo terminal will be completed by 2018. http://www.emirates.com ...  >>MORE

New travel security system at Dubai 2001

Posted on 07/11/2001

A news air travel security alert system, developed by the UK-based QinetiQ, which can alert airport staff and airline personnel to disruptive passengers or potential terrorists from check-in to boarding, is being ushered in at Dubai 2001 - the International Aerospace Exhibition - running at the Airport Expo until tomorrow. The company, specialising for years in military intelligence technology, has used its experience and expertise in this field to develop the application for civilian ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi airport 'to waive fees'

Posted on 05/11/2001

Abu Dhabi International Airport is in the process of dropping aircraft landing, parking and handling charges down to zero, industry sources stated yesterday. They said the free services would likely be implemented with retrospective effect from October 31, and would last three months. Airport officials could not be contacted for confirmation. Sources added that the airport is also mulling cutting aviation fuel charges by 10 cents per gallon below market rates. They pointed out that jet fuel ...  >>MORE

Dubai airport receives 1,900 executive flights

Posted on 04/11/2001

A total of 1,900 executive flights were made through the Dubai International Airport last year. The average this year is expected at about 200 flights per month, according to Mohammed Ahli, director of operations, Dubai Department of Civil Aviation (DCA). Yesterday, DCA launched its new executive flights service brochure. Ahli said executive flights are now in demand while there was only one in 1984. The U.S., UK, Germany, France, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and South Korea were the major ...  >>MORE

More airports in UAE cut charges

Posted on 03/11/2001

Most airports in the northern emirates have reduced aircraft landing and parking charges with retrospective effect from October 1, officials announced yesterday. The move follows news that Dubai Airport has slashed its charges by 50 per cent. Sharjah International Airport has reduced rates on a "special case" basis for the 28 carriers operating scheduled flights, stated Dr. Ghanem Al Hajri, director-general. Officials explained the airport had always tended to price its services more ...  >>MORE

Dubai airport cuts landing fee

Posted on 30/10/2001

Dubai's Department of Civil Aviation, in a move to stimulate the sagging air travel sector in the aftermath of the September 11 disaster, has reduced aircraft landing fees by half for three months. Airline sources, welcoming the initiative taken by the DCA as "a bold and timely measure” said a 50 per cent reduction, effective from October 1, would encourage airlines hit by reduced revenues and escalating operating costs to bring normalcy back to their services. The DCA measure came close ...  >>MORE

Top honours for Dubai Airport

Posted on 23/10/2001

Dubai International Airport was recently adjudged 'Best in the World' for airport marketing during the Routes 2001 conference in Dublin. The award was received by Anita Mehra Homayoun, DCA marketing and media relations director. The Routes Airport Marketing Awards, now in its fifth year, recognised airports whose overall marketing activities left a positive impression in the industry and made a real impact on future network development plans. "Winning the award was a result of our marketing ...  >>MORE

Dubai airport voted best international airport

Posted on 13/10/2001

Dubai International Airport has been voted the Best International Airport 2001 in the world by readers of Conde Nast Traveller. The winning criteria were the best shopping/duty free facilities, pre-flight facilities and lounges. According to readers of Conde Nast: "You like speeding through Singapore, but Dubai is where you most like to be delayed". There were 20 different categories of awards, which included best airport, hotel, airline, cruise lines and tour operators. The criteria for ...  >>MORE

Dubai Airport traffic growth rises

Posted on 08/10/2001

Despite the panic created by the September 11 attacks in the US, Dubai International Airport has witnessed a 5-plus per cent rise in passenger and cargo movement in September compared to the same period last year. Revealing this on the sidelines of the Materials Handling and Distribution Exhibition he earlier inaugurated, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum President of Dubai Department of Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates airline, said security for airlines has been beefed up, and that ...  >>MORE

Ras Al Khaimah airport to expand departure lounge

Posted on 24/09/2001

The Ras Al Khaimah Department of Civil Aviation has budgeted for an ambitious departure lounge expansion next year, according to chairman Sheikh Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi. He is also personally studying the feasibility of establishing an airport free zone. The airport, which is upgrading its facilities across a broad front, is also adopting a new logo. "It has been registered with the Ministry of Economy and Commerce, and we plan to roll it out on all our documentation and letterheads within a ...  >>MORE

Next phase of Dubai airport expansion brought forward

Posted on 22/09/2001

Work on the next phase of the Dubai International Airport expansion worth Dh5 billion has been brought forward to the end of this year or the beginning of 2002, according to airport officials. 'The new dates reflect directives by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister, to raise the Emirates fleet to 210 in ten years and Dubai's rapid economic and travel movement growth,' said the Gulf News. Mohammed Al Ahli, Department of Civil Aviation ...  >>MORE

RAK airport registers rise in passenger traffic

Posted on 21/08/2001

Ras Al Khaimah International Airport recorded 13.3 per cent growth in passengers using the airport during the first six months of this year as compared to the corresponding period last year. While 82,925 passengers used the airport from January to June 2000, the figures rose to 94,023 during the same period this year. On the cargo front, however, the airport has shown a drop of 18.3 per cent. The total aircraft movement recorded a 9.9 per cent growth in the first six months of the year. From ...  >>MORE

Ras Al Khaimah Airport to build desalination plant

Posted on 28/07/2001

A Dh450,000 desalination plant will be set up at Ras Al Khaimah International Airport. Airport Director-General Mohammed Al Khadir said that the Department of Civil Aviation would build the plant in four months. It will solve the problem of increasingly saline water at the airport, which has depended on four wells for its water supply. He said that a company measured the salinity of the water last year. It was found that the salinity had been rising steadily for three years. The Department of ...  >>MORE

DNATA to move to take Marhaba service abroad

Posted on 10/06/2001

Marhaba, a meet-and-greet service of DNATA available to passengers on arrival, transit and departure at Dubai International Airport, has decided to expand its services to other destinations abroad. Mohamed Qasim Al Ali, general manager passenger services for DNATA, said that at least one Middle East country had evinced a keen interest in establishing Marhaba at its international airport. The Marhaba lounge, which opened last June 21, was designed to be different from the usual first or ...  >>MORE

DNATA raises land cargo rates

Posted on 02/06/2001

DNATA Cargo - for the first time in 10 years - has raised rates for landside customers by 20-40 per cent because of rising operational costs. Charges will go up selectively from August 1 to deal with expansion and continued investment in additional facilities, equipment and new technologies. The main areas affected are minimum charges, from Dh10 to Dh12 (20 per cent), acceptance and or delivery handling, from five to six fils per kilo (20 per cent), and documentation charges from Dh25 to ...  >>MORE

DCA unveils Dh6 billion airport expansion project

Posted on 29/05/2001

The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) Dubai on has unveiled a US$1.4 billion (Dh6 billion) expansion project to add a new terminal and concourse to the existing ones and build a mega cargo terminal. Construction of the new Terminal 3 and concourse 2 will begin next year-end or in the beginning of 2003 and finish by 2006. The mega cargo terminal will be built in phases and will be completed 10 years from now. Global tenders will be invited for the airport expansion project in the next 12 ...  >>MORE

Sharjah air cargo volume down 18pc in 2000

Posted on 19/05/2001

With only the last quarter of 2000 seeing a rise in volumes, freight handled through Sharjah International Airport fell 18.16 per cent to 475,122 tonnes. The airport had recorded a cargo throughput of 580,550 tonnes the previous year, making it the premier air cargo hub in the Middle East. The decline last year had been anticipated by Sharjah Civil Aviation officials, since German carrier Lufthansa Cargo, which maintains its biggest cargo hub here after Frankfurt, had scaled down flight ...  >>MORE

Special certificate for Dubai airport

Posted on 07/05/2001

Dubai International Airport has been awarded a special certificate by Air Transport World, a magazine for the world airline management in recognition of its print advertisement which highlights "800 metres of tranquillity” in Sheikh Rashid Terminal. The advertisement – which appeared in the December 2000 issue – achieved outstanding readership response as measured against all other ads appearing in the same issue. In October last year, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the ...  >>MORE

SkyCargo posts Dh1.1b revenue

Posted on 02/05/2001

Emirates SkyCargo on Tuesday said it has achieved a total revenue of Dhs1.1 billion ($287.3 million), up 25.1 per cent in the financial year 2000-2001. The company lifted 335,194 tonnes cargo which is an increase of 24.2 per cent compared with 1999-2000, a press statement said. SkyCargo's contribution to Emirates Group's operating revenue was 17.3 per cent during the year. Operation of leased Boeing 747 freighters, one on full-time and the other part-time lease between Dubai-Amsterdam and ...  >>MORE

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Dubai Air transport sector scales new heights


Afghanistan's Ariana airline resumes flights to Sharjah


Dubai airport had 13.5m passengers in 2001


Dubai airport serves 13.5m passengers


Dubai Duty Free wins top award


Dubai Airport will remain safety oasis, Mohammed


Abu Dhabi Duty Free to get new look


Dubai airport puts on good show in 2001


Dubai Duty Free sales rise to Dh888 million ($242 million) in 2001


Dubai Duty Free sales hit Dh888m


ADDF set to open border shop


Fujairah airport posts robust growth


Passenger traffic at airports rises


ADDF posts record revenue of US$48m


Cargo Village volumes leap in November


Sharjah plans airport expansion


DDF revenue to touch Dh1 billion this year


Sharjah denies knowledge of Afghanistan Ariana airline in Sharjah


UAE named head of WAC


Ajman to build international airport


Ajman to set up international airport


Sharjah, Frankfurt airports ink cooperation protocol


Dubai airport to expand


New travel security system at Dubai 2001


Abu Dhabi airport 'to waive fees'


Dubai airport receives 1,900 executive flights


More airports in UAE cut charges


Dubai airport cuts landing fee


Top honours for Dubai Airport


Dubai airport voted best international airport


Dubai Airport traffic growth rises


Ras Al Khaimah airport to expand departure lounge


Next phase of Dubai airport expansion brought forward


RAK airport registers rise in passenger traffic


Ras Al Khaimah Airport to build desalination plant


DNATA to move to take Marhaba service abroad


DNATA raises land cargo rates


DCA unveils Dh6 billion airport expansion project


Sharjah air cargo volume down 18pc in 2000


Special certificate for Dubai airport


SkyCargo posts Dh1.1b revenue