Heathrow challenged as busiest airport
September 2nd, 2011 by elisa

London Heathrow could have its title as one of the world’s busiest airports challenged within the next few months by Dubai International Airport. The airport is currently the world’s fourth busiest, but the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) has forecast that it will offer 1.3 million international seats, second only to Heathrow’s 1.5 million passenger traffic by November this year.

CAPA said that an upswing in seasonal flights from Gulf carriers, and the increasing numbers of passengers choosing to connect between Europe and Asia via Dubai, was responsible for the jump.

The size of an airport is normally judged using benchmarks such as aircraft movements, total number of passengers (domestic and international) or the number of seats on board aircraft heading to and from that destination.

Dubai is also currently building what’s expected to be the world’s largest airport (due for completion in 2017 ) as well as upgrading its existing terminals.

Source: The Independent


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