Dubai International Airport
The DBX is the main airport that serves the United Arab Emirates out of Dubai, and it also happens to be the worlds busiest international airport that has international passenger traffic. When it comes to passenger traffic, it is considered to be the third busiest passenger airport in the world as well as the sixth busiest airport for cargo in the world. It is also big for Boeing 777 and Airbus A380 movement and one of the busiest airports that only have 2 runways. It was during 2017 that Dubai International handled over 2 million tons of cargo, 88 million passengers and registered over 400,000 movements.
The Dubai International Airport is located within the Al Garhoud district and is 2.9 miles just east of the city of Dubai and is located on a land parcel of 7200 acres. Terminal 3 is considered to be the second largest building in the world based on floor space and it is considered to be the largest airport terminal in the whole world.
Dubai International is ran by the Dubai Airports Company as well as being the home of Flydubai and Emirates international airlines. The Emirates hub is considered to be the largest airline hub for the middle east and Emirates handles over 50% of passenger traffic and makes up about 40% of all aircraft movement in the airport. Flydubai is a low cost carrier which handles just over 10% of passenger traffic and about 25% of all aircraft movement at the airport. The airport is able to handle up to 90 million passengers per year and as of 2016, there are 140 airlines that travel to over 270 destinations across 6 continents at 7700 flights per week.
The Dubai International Airport is a big contributor the economy within Dubai as it employs over 90,000 people and supports over 400,000 jobs and contributes over $26 billion to the economy which makes up about 27% of GDP in Dubai and about 21% of employment. It has been predicted that by 2020, the contribution of Dubai International will rise to about 38% of the GDP and by 2030, it should see a growth of over $88 billion and support almost 2 million jobs in Dubai which will be about 36% of total employment located in Dubai.
Aviation history for Dubai began during 1937, when there was an air agreement that was signed for a flying boat base for Imperial Airways that had a rental base for about 440 Rupees monthly and this included wages for guards. The Empire Flying Boats then started operating one a week and would fly to Southhampton, England and to Karachi then by 1938, it had started flying 4 flying boats per week. By the 1940s, in order to fly from Dubai it had to be done by flying boats operated by the BOAC which operated the Horseshoe Route that came from South Africa through the Persian Gulf all the way to Sydney.
Eventually the Dubai International Airport would start expanding and by 2012, it had become much easier for passengers to navigate through the airport and were labeled with Letters instead of numbers.
For more information about Dubai International Airport, check out: http://www.dubaiairport.com/.