Dubai International Airport is celebrating its 50th anniversary and its transformation into a major travel hub.

Dubai International Airport is celebrating its 50th anniversary and its transformation into a major travel hub.Anyone taking flights to Dubai will have experienced the airport’s wide range of facilities, since in its lifetime the airport has handled more than 402 million passengers and processed over 3.87 million aircraft movements.

Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chairman of Dubai Airports, said: “Dubai International has evolved from a small airstrip mainly serving as a refuelling stop for a few airlines with just over ten thousand passengers to an international gateway for 130 airlines.”

It is expected that passenger numbers could total more than 46 million by the end of the year and reach in excess of 100 million by 2020.

The airport is currently undergoing further upgrade work including a new larger Terminal 3 facility that will add an additional 20 arrival and departure gates for those flying to Dubai on Emirates Airline’s A380s.

ExecuJet Middle East has confirmed that it plans to increase its presence at Dubai International Airport with the addition of a second hangar that will be able to accommodate up to ten aircraft.

Written by Alex Cochrane.

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