Dubai may delay the start of passenger operations at its new Al Maktoum International Airport by a few months.Billed as the world's largest when it becomes fully operational with expected passenger capacity of up to 160 million people a year, the airport was slated to open in March 2011.
'At the moment, we are reviewing the opening date and it looks as if it'll be later in the year,' Paul Griffiths, Chief Executive of Dubai Airports said.
'We are going to review the passenger terminal capacity and state of construction in a couple of months and then we'll be looking at a date.'
Al Maktoum Airport is part of the Dubai World Central transport hub which the emirate is developing to underpin efforts to become a key Mideast logistics centre. The airport opened for cargo operations earlier this year.
Griffiths said a planned expansion at Dubai International Airport would increase capacity, allowing the smaller airport to handle up to 90 million passengers by 2018.