To meet the demands of travellers and expanding airlines, Gulf states are pumping billions of dollars into building new airports or expanding the existing facilities.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) noted that “about $40bn is being invested in airport infrastructure in the Arabian Gulf alone by far-sighted” governments. It forecasts that by the year 2017 the total passenger numbers are expected to rise to 3.91bn.
The UAE leads the way with a combined $18.8bn in construction and expansion plans, with $15.9bn pumped into Dubai alone.While Qatar is investing a massive $15.5bn in its airport in Doha that is set to open on 27 May.
Elsewhere in the GCC, Saudi Arabia is aiming for a combined future capacity of 140mn passengers per year by expanding its three major airports in Damman, Jeddah and Riyadh.
Hamad International Airport
Estimated value: $15.5bn
Expected date of completion: 2014
Qatar’s new Hamad International Airport (HIA) will open to all airlines, including the country’s national carrier, on May 27.The $15.5bn planned hub for Qatar Airways has missed a series of launch dates, including the end of 2012, 1 April 2013 and the end of last year.
Due to increased transit growth in Qatar and the region in the past few years, modifications were necessary to deliver an airport with a capacity of 30 million on opening day.
In its opening configuration, the terminal has three concourses and 33 contact gates, increasing to five concourses and 65 contact gates, including eight for the A380 in the final build-out.
The main contractor responsible for delivering the $15.5bn airport project is Bechtel.
Dubai World Central Al Maktoum International Airport
Estimated value: $8.1bn
Expected date of completion:
Eight airlines will be diverted to the airport starting May 1.
The airport once completed will have the capacity to handle 12 million tonnes of annual cargo capacity and 160 million passengers.
The first phase of the Dubai World Central Al Maktoum International Airport is completed and fully operational. The airport currently has the capacity to handle 600,000 tonnes per annum and operates 24 hours a day on an A380-compatible, 4.5 km runway.
Phase 2 of the airport, which includes the construction of an additional two automated and non-automated cargo terminals, is currently under way. This is expected to increase the total cargo capacity of the airport to 1.4 million tonnes per annum.
Costs for the entire DWC development, including all clusters, has been estimated in excess of $32bn (AED120bn).
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Via : Construction Week Online
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