Expansion announced for Dubai's second international airport

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai is already home to the world's busiest international travel airport and now authorities have announced expansion plans for the city-state's second airport.

The plans announced on Wednesday affect the Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central. Officials hope it will someday handle over 200 million passengers a year.

The first phase of the project will increase the passenger terminal there to 145,926 square meters (1.5 million square feet) by June 2017. Further expansions are planned to accommodate up to 26.5 million passengers per year by 2025. No financial terms were discussed.

Dubai International Airport, the world's busiest for international travel, is the home of the long-haul Emirates airline. Officials plan one day to shift Emirates flights from that airport to Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central.