Air Traffic Management/ Aircraft Capacity in the U...

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- Check the difference between London Heathrow airport and Dubai airport

- Consider how much air traffic they have each hour and each day and make a comparison between the two

- Find out how much air traffic arrives and departs at other airports in the UAE – Abu Dhabi, Dubai Sharjah, Fujairah etc

- What kind of traffic comes to these airports eg: passengers, cargo etc

- Discover how air capacity in the UAE has changed (increased) in the last 20 years

- Watch a video to compare the two airport

 

 

Air Traffic Management/ Aircraft Capacity in the UAE

Heathrow and Dubai airports are two of the busiest airports in the world. Heathrow was built in the 1940s in London, England on a 1200 hectares piece of land. It is the busiest airport internationally serving in more than 170 destinations in about 90 countries. It has two runways the northern and the southern that run in full capacity. To minimize noise pollution, takeoffs are on the left during the day (Doherty, 2008, p 121). There are five passenger terminals with one still in construction and a cargo terminal connected to other terminals 1, 2 and 3. It hosts a number of many international and local English airlines such as British airlines, virgin airlines, American express and others. There are services on site such as, the hospitality with the presence of good hotels and transport services in and out of the airport with taxis public transport and others (De, 2010, p 2). There are plans to increase its capacity and operations in the near future.

Dubai international airport was opened in 2008, however, originally built and opened in 1960 Dubai, UAE on an area of 3400 hectares. There are over 230 destinations from Dubai with over 140 operating airlines. It has three passenger terminals and together has an annual capacity of eighty million passengers and another terminal that handles loads of cargo. Also, it has a VIP executive terminal originally for the royals to use. There are two runways fitted with the most recent technologies to aid safe landing even in poor weather conditions. Hospitality and transport services are offered in the airport such as the buses, the electronic rail lines and a few hotels on location. (Helbig, Gabler & Oppe, 2010, p 2)

Air traffic in Heathrow airport is immense. The runways operate at 98% capacity. On great weather conditions, there can be about two to three planes landing and departing per minute. On bad weather, this number reduces with planes landing in a couple of minutes. On average, there are about fifty planes arriving and another fifty departing in an hour making it about twelve hundred flights a day. As passengers vary from flight to flight it is hard to calculate the exact number but the assumption is that there are about seven to eight thousand passengers per hour with about half in and the other half out of the airport.

Dubai also has high passenger traffic with about seventy five million passengers per annum. The annual aircraft traffic was more than three hundred and forty thousand planes, the numbers recorded in the past year. So if this figures are divided with the number of days a year have you get around two hundred thousand passengers a day and about nine thousand an hour. Both have very many passenger numbers with Dubai having more particularly in 2013 where they increased their traffic immensely. Also, technology in Dubai airport enables it to handle planes even in poor weather conditions, enabling it run in almost its normal speeds.

When compared to other airports in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai still has the upper hand. Some of these airports are the Abu Dhabi, Dubai Sharjah, Fujairah, Al Maktoum airports and others hence more airport traffic movements. The Abu Dhabi airport is also an international airport and the second biggest in the UAE after Dubai and mainly serves the Etihad airways. It has annual passenger traffic of about twelve million and is expected to increase in the coming years (Abu Dhabi, 2009, p5). The Dubai Sharjah is mainly a cargo airport with only one passenger terminal. The amount of cargo is huge as it handles approximately five hundred thousand tons yearly. There are about seven million passengers and about sixty thousand plane movements in a year. As the Sharjah, Al Maktoum airport is more of a cargo airport than a passenger one with only one lane. It is located in Dubai and is part of the Dubai world Center (DWC). It can handle over six hundred thousand tons’ of cargo per annum. After its full completion, it is expected to have the largest capacity both in passenger and cargo traffics.  Another airport in the emirates is the Fujairah international airport located at the emirate Fujairah. It has an annual capacity of two million passengers and also has a cargo terminal.

There are other airports in the UAE but with smaller capacities both for cargo and passengers. Al Ain international with weekly passenger numbers of four thousand and fourteen airplanes traffic is a good example. There is the Ras Al Khaimah International Airport with just a few thousand passengers and tons of cargo per week.

 

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