Transforming Dubai International into the world’s busiest aviation hub
In 1960, Dubai International (DXB) was founded as the city’s first airport, with a single 1,800 metre runway made of compacted sand. The airport had served mainly as a refuelling stop for planes up to the size of a DC-3.
Since then, Dubai’s leadership has driven the growth of DXB as an airport and the aviation sector as a whole. With a series of strategic expansion and development projects through the DAEP, the airport has grown in terms of passenger and cargo handling capacity, number of plane movements, the network of connected destinations, as well as operational efficiency. Two key projects were the additions of Terminal 2, which increased passenger capacity by 2 million, and then Terminal 3, which increased it to 60 million.
DXB has retained the title of the world’s busiest airport for international passenger traffic since 2014 with the capacity reaching to 92.5 million passengers per year. DXB also ranks among the top ten International cargo hubs by freight volume with annual capacity of 3.3 million tonnes.