Dubai airport to become world's third largest in 2010

Dubai airport to become world's third largest in 2010. (EB FILE)

Dubai International Airport is on its way to becoming the world's third largest airport this year in terms of global passenger traffic, climbing one notch up from its 2009 ranking of number four, said Dubai Airports' top executive.

At present, London's Heathrow tops the charts for the world's leading airport by international passenger traffic with 4.6 million passengers a month for 2009, according to the 2009 data of Airports Council International. This is followed by the Paris's Charles De Gaulle Airport at number two, Hong Kong International Airport at number three and Dubai International fourth with 3.4 million passengers a month.

Asked about Dubai International's ranking for 2010, Paul Griffiths, Dubai Airports' Chief Executive, told Emirates Business: "The question is can we overtake Hong Kong, which is running at about 3.7 million passengers capacity a month and we are at 3.4 million. Now, we are growing more strongly and so the chances are we may overtake Hong Kong and head for the number three slot in 2010."

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