The new passenger terminal at Dubai’s Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) has been delayed to 2018 and has to undergo trials and testing.
The project was expected to complete in the first quarter 2017, according to Dubai Airports, the owner and operator of DWC and Dubai International Airport (DXB), said in its 2015 statement.
“The expansion of Dubai World Central’s passenger terminal building from the current five million passengers per year to 26 million passengers will occur in 2018 following the successful completion of construction, trials, and testing,” a spokesperson told Arabian Business on Wednesday, without giving any exact date for the opening.
“Dubai Airports has always maintained an approach that focuses on facility readiness and the provision of high service levels,” he added.
Dubai government said on Sunday that it secured $3bn in long-term financing for the expansion of its airports, which are expected to serve 146.3 million passengers by 2025.
The Al Maktoum International Airport is planned to become the primary airport for Dubai as well as the home to Emirates Airline starting in 2025.
DXB is the world’s largest international airport, with 84.5 million passengers received in 2016, an average compound annual growth rate of 12.7 percent since 2000.
Dubai Airports CEO said this week that the two airports are expected to see a combined total of 100 million passengers using DXB and DWC during 2017.