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Dubai airport to be world’s third busiest by 2011

Dubai International Airport is set to become the third busiest airport in the world by 2011, according to a new industry study, surpassing established aviation hubs such as Hong-Kong, Frankfurt and Amsterdam.

The report by the Centre for Asia-Pacific Aviation revealed that passenger numbers at Dubai International Airport had increased by more than 10% every year for the last ten years and the airport also came first out of 50 largest airports for growth in 2009.

This upward trend is set to continue with national carrier Emirates projecting 14% capacity increase for 2009/2010 and newcomer budget flydubai, Dubai’s first budget airline, showing rapid signs of expansion.

Commenting on the figures, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airports said:

“Dubai International (Airport)’s performance as one of the world’s fastest growing airports in 2009 is particularly impressive considering the contraction seen globally. If we can set records in a tough economic environment, the sky is the limit for what we can achieve when conditions improve.”

The release if these statistics follow news at the weekend that Dubai is forging ahead with multi-billion dollar expansion plans for Dubai International Airport and the development of Dubai’s new Al Maktoum Airport, set to become operational this year.

Sources: Emirates Business 24/7, Arabian Business and Bloomberg

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