GCC airports set for high-flying growth

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Airports in the GCC will need to increase their capacity to accommodate the growing number of air passengers who are expected to use the region’s hubs in the near future, according to a new report.

The Aviation in the GCC States – Flying High Amidst Global Turbulence report has been released by Nadd Al Shiba PR and Event Management ahead of the Airport Show 2012, which takes place in Dubai from May 22-24.

The report revealed that airports in the GCC may in the future have to serve almost four times the 120 million they catered to in the past year.

It is predicted that in 2015, the combined capacity of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha airports will reach 190 million passengers. Capacity utilisation in the GCC, which means passengers/capacity, is now at 115 per cent.

The report also said that Airbus expects fleets in the Middle East to treble in size by 2028 while its rival Boeing predicts that the number of aircraft used by regional airlines in 2029 will reach 2,340.

In addition, Emirates, Qatar and Etihad airlines will have the capacity to carry almost 200 million passengers by 2020 – four times their existing capacity.

In terms of Dubai, aircraft movements in the emirate alone are expected to increase to 560,000 by 2020. Overall aircraft movements in the UAE are expected to grow to 620,000 in 2012 and 663,000 by 2013, including local and foreign airlines, general aviation, private operators and freighters.

By 2020, more than 98 million passengers and over four million tonnes of air freight will pass through Dubai airports. The expansion would see the aviation sector accounting for 22 per cent of Dubai’s total employment and 32 per cent of the emirate’s GDP by 2020.

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Airports in the GCC will need to increase their capacity to accommodate the growing number of air passengers who are expected to use the region’s hubs in the near future, according to a new report.

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Dubai International Airport

Airports in the GCC will need to increase their capacity to accommodate the growing number of air passengers who are expected to use the region’s hubs in the near future, according to a new report.

The Aviation in the GCC States – Flying High Amidst Global Turbulence report has been released by Nadd Al Shiba PR and Event Management ahead of the Airport Show 2012, which takes place in Dubai from May 22-24.

The report revealed that airports in the GCC may in the future have to serve almost four times the 120 million they catered to in the past year.

It is predicted that in 2015, the combined capacity of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha airports will reach 190 million passengers. Capacity utilisation in the GCC, which means passengers/capacity, is now at 115 per cent.

The report also said that Airbus expects fleets in the Middle East to treble in size by 2028 while its rival Boeing predicts that the number of aircraft used by regional airlines in 2029 will reach 2,340.

In addition, Emirates, Qatar and Etihad airlines will have the capacity to carry almost 200 million passengers by 2020 – four times their existing capacity.

In terms of Dubai, aircraft movements in the emirate alone are expected to increase to 560,000 by 2020. Overall aircraft movements in the UAE are expected to grow to 620,000 in 2012 and 663,000 by 2013, including local and foreign airlines, general aviation, private operators and freighters.

By 2020, more than 98 million passengers and over four million tonnes of air freight will pass through Dubai airports. The expansion would see the aviation sector accounting for 22 per cent of Dubai’s total employment and 32 per cent of the emirate’s GDP by 2020.

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