Dubai airport to challenge Heathrow as world’s busiest hub

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By Hind Mustafa | Al Arabiya News

Passenger traffic at Dubai International Airport exceeded that of Paris’s Charles de Gaulle and Frankfurt Airport in 2013, and is shortly expected to surpass London’s Heathrow to become the world’s busiest airport.

The number of passengers going through the airport increased 15.2 percent in 2013, airport authorities said, according to Reuters.

The airport is now the world’s second busiest for international traffic. In December alone, over 6 million passengers passed through the airport for the first time, marking an increase of 13.6 percent from 2012.

Last year, Heathrow’s traffic increased by 3.4 percent, to 72.3 million people, showed data released by the airport, according to Reuters.

However “Heathrow faces severe capacity constraints being, in effect, full. Potential growth has to await the outcome of a Government sponsored review of new runway options for the London area. The answers will not be known until later next year,” John Strickland, an aviation consultant, told Al Arabiya News. More info