Dubai Airports recently marked the start of an Airport Road expansion programme led by Dubai’s Road & Transport Authority (RTA).
The project is due to increase capacity and ease congestion during peak periods, with it expected to reach completion over the coming 18-24 months.
CEO, Dubai Airports, Paul Griffiths declared: “Over the past seven years passenger traffic has more than doubled and we have climbed the ranks to become the world’s number one airport for international passenger traffic. In that time we have opened Terminal 3, Concourse B, Concourse A and most recently Concourse D. The investment of some $13 billion has paid huge dividends as now aviation supports more than 19 per cent of employment and 27 per cent of Dubai’s GDP.”
Griffiths continued: “Expansion in the air obviously drives the need for expansion on the ground and throughout our period of continuous and considerable growth the RTA has been instrumental in supporting access and connectivity to the airport for the citizens of Dubai, including the commencement of metro service in 2009. The new airport road expansion programme will serve to further enhance access and provide us with the capacity we need to serve the growing demand.”
The enhancements are scheduled to take place at a number of junctions along Airport Road, including Marrakesh and Casablanca streets.
Meahwile, RTA has confirmed that road capacity will be fully maintained throughout construction to limit inconvenience, however, some delays may be experienced due to diversions and modifications.