Dubai World Central Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC), the airport expected to become the largest airport in the world when it reaches maximum capacity in 2020, opened for commercial passenger operations after the successful completion of its first phase of construction in November 2013.
The airport currently has one 4.5-km runway capable of handling an Airbus A380 and a terminal with an annual capacity of up to 7 million passengers. Upon completion, the $32 billion airport will have five parallel runways and up to four terminals.
Dubai World Central is designed to handle 160 million passengers and 12 million tons of cargo per year at full capacity. It will then surpass Atlanta airport, currently the world’s busiest, with an annual passenger traffic of 90 million.
The airport has been handling cargo traffic since June 2010.