Dubai wants to build the biggest airport in the world

Dr. Nadine Itani, Member of the Advisory Board of Crystol Energy and Program Leader for Air Transport Management at the University of Surrey, is quoted in this article written by Miquel Ros from CNN where she assesses the drivers behind the shift from Dubai International Airport (DXB) to Al Maktoum International Airport, also known as Dubai World Central (DWC) – expected to be the world’s largest and busiest airport.

According to Dr. Itani, the Emirates’ shift to DWC is more than a relocation. It’s a strategic realignment in response to the changing dynamics of the global air travel and trade market. Dubai’s bet on DWC as a future mega-hub is not an isolated move. There is currently a race in the region to invest in new, large-scale airport facilities and no one wants to lag behind.

She added that there has been a notable shift in the incoming traffic mix into Dubai with a decrease in connecting passengers and an increase in terminating passengers, coupled with the anticipated surge in transport and logistics activity due to Dubai’s role in the planned trade agreements such as the India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor.

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