The airport, located about 20 miles southwest of Dubai, opened in 2010. Currently the airport handles mostly cargo and some passenger carriers with a current capacity of about 5 million passengers per year.
The master plan for the airport targets servicing over 160-million passengers per year. Four aircraft will be able to land on at the same time on 5 parallel runways. The airport is proposed to have 3 terminals: one for Emirates, one for upscale carriers, and the last for low-cost carriers. Other proposed facilities include: executive and royal terminals, full aircraft maintenance facilities, hotels, shopping malls, and a high-speed train to Dubai and the existing airport.
Do you think Dubai will be able to attract 160-million passengers per year to their new airport?