Top 6: Busiest Airports in the Middle East
6. Muscat International Airport
The Muscat International Airport was originally called the Seeb International Airport. The name of the airport was changed on the 1st of February 2008, with the new name focusing on the city of Muscat, which is historically associated with the country.
The airport is located in Muscat, Oman and from April 2015 to March 2016 it transported 10,786,234 people.
In 2015, It handled 10,315,358, which was an 18.3 per cent increase, moving it up two places from ninth last year.
5. King Khalid International Airport
King Khalid International Airport is situated in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The airport is owned by The Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA). The airport is situated on an area of 315 square kilometres which makes it among the largest land area allocation for an airport in the world.
The airport has four terminals (three of which are currently in use). Each of these have uncovered car parking for more than 11,000 vehicles.
Total passengers from April 2015 to March 2016: 19,745,392
Total movements from April 2015 to March 2016: 168,276
4. Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH)
Abu Dhabi International Airport was opened in 2006 so this year, it celebrates its tenth birthday. It is located in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
The Midfield Terminal at the airport is still under construction and is due to be opened in 2017. Regardless of the building works that are currently going on, the airport still helped 23,293,022 passengers in 2015 get to their destinations.
Total passengers from April 2015 to March 2016: 23,865,127
Total movements from April 2015 to March 2016: 194,875
3. King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED)
The King Abdulaziz International Airport was opened in April 1981 and is located in Jeddah Saudi Arabia. It was named after King Abdulaziz Al Saud who was the first monarch and founder of Saudi Arabia. The airport is 15 square kilometres in area.
It is the busiest airport in Saudi Arabia and is specifically known for its Hajj Terminal which is specifically designed for Islamic pilgrims going to Mecca each year.
Total passengers from April 2015 to March 2016: 27,111,000
Total movements from April 2015 to March 2016: 228,549
2. Hamad International Airport (DOH)
Located in Qatar, Doha, the Hamad International Airport is one of the largest. Opened in 2014, it serves more than 360,000 flights and 30 million passengers every year.
The airport has the capacity for 30 million passengers a year (this will soon be 50 million). The eastern runway is 4850 metres long which makes it the eighth longest in the world.
The airport has 138 check-in counters. 14 of these are designed specifically styled for Qatar Airways First Class passengers.
The baggage handling system can handle up to 5,000 bags an hour which works out as roughly 120,000 per day.
Total passengers from April 2015 to March 2016: 29,858,775
Total movements from April 2015 to March 2016: 237,108
1. Dubai International Airport (DXB)
Opening on the 27th of October 2013, Dubai International Airport is located in the United Arab Emirates and is the main airport that serves Dubai. From April 2015 to March 2016, the airport had a total of 71,567,868 passengers pass through its doors. In September of this year, the airport had 7,094,738 people come through its doors compared to the same month in 2015 when it had 6,432,654 people. This is a 10.3 percent rise. Traffic is projected to reach over 83 million in 2016.
Dubai International Airport can handle up to 2.5 million tonnes of cargo per year
The airport serves 100 airlines flying to more than 240 destinations across six continents. It is made up of three terminals; Terminal One (serves all airlines), Terminal Two (serves scheduled, charter and special flights) and Terminal Three which is purely for the use of Emirates Airline.
The airport also has a huge social media following with over 1.6 million likes on Facebook, 323,000 followers on Twitter, followers in excess of 72,000 on its Instagram account and a LinkedIn page with more than 83,700 followers.