Dubai International Airport United Arab Emirates
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. It is situated in the Al Garhoud district, 2.5 nautical miles (4.6 km; 2.9 mi) east of Dubai. The airport is operated by the Dubai Airports Company 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 64 per cent of all passenger traffic, and accounts for about 50 per cent of all aircraft movements at the airport. Dubai Airport is also the base for low-cost carrier, Flydubai which handles 10.7 per cent of passenger traffic at DXB. The airport became a secondary hub for Qantas in April 2013. The airport consists of three terminals and has a total capacity of 80 million passengers annually. Terminal 3 is the second largest building in the world by floor space and the largest airport terminal in the world. As of February 2014, there are over 7,000 weekly flights operated by 140 airlines to over 230 destinations across every continent except Antarctica.
Dubai Airport is spread over an area of 3,400 hectares (8,400 acres) of land. In 2013 DXB handled a record 66.4 million in passenger traffic, a 15.2 per cent increase over 2012. This made it the 7th busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic and the 2nd busiest airport in the world by international passenger traffic. In addition to being an important passenger traffic hub, the airport was the 5th busiest cargo airport in world, handling 2.44 million tonnes of cargo in 2013.
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 to the GDP, which represents around 19 per cent of total employment in Dubai, and 28 per cent of Dubai’s GDP. It is predicted that by 2020 the economic contribution of Dubai’s aviation sector will rise to 32 per cent of Dubai’s GDP and support over 373,000 jobs.