Saturday, 1 June 2013

Dubai international airport
Dubai International Airport (IATA: DXB, ICAO: OMDB) (Arabic: مطار دبي الدولي‎) is an international airport serving Dubai. It is a major airline hub in the Middle East, and is the main airport of Dubai.[2] It is situated in the Al Garhoud district, 4 km (2.5 mi) northeast of Dubai.[3] The airport is operated by the Department of Civil Aviation and is the home base of Dubai's international airlines, Emirates, FlyDubai and Emirates SkyCargo; the Emirates hub is the largest airline hub in the Middle East; Emirates handles 65% of all passenger traffic, and accounts for 50% of all aircraft movements at the airport. Dubai Airport is also the base for low-cost carrier, Flydubai. The airport will become a secondary hub for Qantas in April 2013, after a major partnership was formed with Emirates. Qantas will use Dubai as the main stopover point for flights on travelling to Europe.[4] As of September 2012, there are over 6,000 weekly flights operated by 130 airlines to over 220 destinations across every continent except Antarctica.[5]

Dubai Airport is spread over an area of 8,640 acres (3,500 ha) of land. In 2012 DXB handled a record 57.7 million in passenger traffic, a 13.2% increase over 2011.[1] This made it the 10th busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic.[1] It is also the 3rd busiest airport in the world by international passenger traffic in 2012, surpassing Hong Kong International Airport in the global rankings.[6] In addition to being an important passenger traffic hub, the airport was the 6th busiest cargo airport in world, handling 2.27 million tonnes of cargo in 2012.[1] The total number of commercial aircraft movements was 344,245 in 2012.[6]

Dubai International is an important contributor to the Dubai economy, employing approximately 58,000 people, and indirectly supports over 250,000 jobs in Dubai and contributes over US$22 billion, which represents around 19% of total employment in Dubai, and 28% of Dubai’s GDP. It is predicted that by 2020 the economic contribution of Dubai’s aviation sector will rise to 32% of Dubai’s GDP and support over 373,000 jobs.[7]



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