It is being reported that the launch of passenger operations at Dubai’s new Al Maktoum International Airport, due to start in March 2011, will be delayed until later in the year.
"At the moment, we are reviewing the opening date and it looks as if it'll be later in the year," Dubai Airports CEO, Paul Griffiths, is quoted as telling reporters earlier today.
Adding: “We are going to review the passenger terminal capacity and state of construction in a couple of months, and then we'll be looking at a date.”
Griffiths is also quoted as claiming that plans to increase Dubai International Airport’s capacity to 90mppa by 2018 meant that Dubai Airports was no longer under pressure to complete the build out of the initial 5mppa capacity passenger terminal at Al Maktoum.
When completed, Dubai World Central-Al Maktoum International Airport – which opened for cargo operations earlier this year – will be the world’s gateway with five runways, four terminal buildings and the freight facilities to accommodate 160 million passengers and 12 million tonnes of cargo per annum.