Dubai Airport is ranked the third busiest airport in the world in terms of international passengers according to Airports Council International’s latest figures. The airport serves more than 145 airlines flying to more than 260 destinations across six continents.
The annual passenger traffic in 2011 reached 50.98 million, a year-on-year increase of 8 per cent compared to 47.2 million recorded in 2010. Passenger numbers are projected to reach 56.5 million in 2012 and 98 million by 2020. Dubai International has the capacity to handle 2.5 million tonnes of cargo per year.
Dubai Airport is designed to support aviation, tourism, and logistics well into the future. The airport will have a total of five parallel runways, 4.5km long, each separated by a minimum of 800m.