$136m expansion of DIA's Terminal Two


Dubai International Airport (DIA) will expand Terminal Two at a cost of Dh500 million ($136 million) according to HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) and chairman of the Emirates Group.

The expansion will enable the airport to handle five million passengers at all times. Phase One of the expansion will be completed by August, and Phase Two in 2005. Around 16 million passengers used DIA last year with a daily average of 45,000 travellers.

Sheikh Ahmed said the forecast predicts 17 million passengers using the airport this year, 20 million in 2005, and around 30 million by 2010. Terminal Two has previously mainly been used by CIS airlines and carriers from Iran and China.

Phase One of the expansion will entail the construction of a Dh94 million interim terminal building next to the arrivals hall. It will have dedicated sections for passenger processing facilities, a second baggage carousel, dedicated transit lounge, two new boarding gates and restaurants.

The final, two-level Terminal Two will cover an area of 100,000 square metres, will feature 60 check-in counters, 16 passport control desks in departures, six security screening positions, 22 boarding lounges, 22 boarding gates with aero-bridges, 11 aircraft parking positions, six baggage carousels and 22 passport control desks in arrivals.

The new and expanded Terminal Two will be capable of handling large aircraft including the Airbus A 380 and mufti-airline operations.

Sheikh Ahmed said that DIA's current expansion is sufficient for about 20 years and therefore DIA would not be moving to Jebel Ali, although land has been allocated there for a new airport.