One of the major airline hubs in the Middle East, the Dubai airport is the international airport of Dubai. Located on the northeast of Dubai in the Al Garhoud district, the Dubai airport is operated by the Department of Civil Aviation. The airport is home to the interracially recognized flights like the Emirates and Flydubai.
Constructed on an area spread across 8,640 acres, the Dubai International airport was the 3rd busiest airport in the world with respect to international passenger traffic in 2012; it surpassed the Hong Kong International Airport for the spot. The Dubai airport has over 6,000 weekly flights of almost 130 airlines that fly to and fro to over 220 destinations across all continents excluding Antarctica.
Since its construction was ordered by Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, in 1959, the airport has gone through numerous constructions and expansions. Given all the changes, with all the completed projects in 2013, the Dubai airport is capable of handling over 75 million passengers and over 5 million tons of cargo easily.
Dubai airport comprises of for following Terminals.
- Terminal one has a single concourse
- Terminal two is away from the main airport building
- Terminal three is divided into two concourses, referred to as A and B
- The Cargo terminal close to the general aviation terminal is capable of handling over 5 million tons of cargo annually
Dubai airport’s terminals 1 and 3 are connected through a common transit area, allowing the airside passengers to commute freely between the two terminals without the need of immigration. The terminal 2 of the Dubai airport is on the opposite end of the airport, so a shuttle service is deployed, which runs from terminal two to the other terminals. It takes 20 minutes by the shuttle from terminal 2 to terminal 1, while 30 minutes are required to reach terminal 3 from terminal 2.
Not only structurally, Dubai airport is also economically very supporting for Dubai. It is a very important contributor to the Dubai’s economy. The Dubai airport creates almost 250,000 jobs in Dubai and employees over 58,000 people, which is almost 19% of total employment in Dubai. In monetary terms Dubai International contributes to 28% of Dubai’s GDP.
The Dubai airport is home to Emirates Airlines, Emirates SkyCargo and the FlyDubai.
- Emirates Airlines is the largest airlines operating out of this airport. The Emirates Airlines fleet comprises of over 185 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, which fly to and fro from terminal 3 (partly from terminal 1) to all major destinations around the globe.
- Emirates SkyCargo is the subsidiary all-cargo service of the Emirates airlines, which operates from the Dubai airport to all parts of the world.
- FlyDubai is the third and the most prominent airlines operating out of terminal 2 of the Dubai airport. It’s a low-cost airline with about 50 deputed aircrafts facilitating passengers between Dubai and Middle East, South Asia, Africa and Europe.