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A new terminal with the capacity for up to 7mn passengers a year was unveiled at Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central (DWC), Jebel Ali yesterday
Local dignitaries and aviation officials were invited to tour DWC and the new facility and witness the terminal’s first commercial flight – Wizz Air flight W6 2497 arriving from Budapest, Hungary.
HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Dubai Airports, said, “The opening of this facility signals the historic beginning of a long-term plan to build the largest airport in the world to accommodate the tremendous passenger growth.”
He added, “Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Centre will play a vital role in the future development of Dubai as a centre for trade, commerce, transport and logistics and tourism.”
According to Dubai Airports, the new passenger terminal boasts one A380 capable runway, 64 remote aircraft stands and an ability to serve up to 7mn people a year, as well as retail, food and beverage facilities.
CEO of Dubai Airports Paul Griffiths explained that the location and compact nature of DWC make compelling and convenient attributes, adding that, “Airline and customer interest in this airport continues to grow and we hope to announce additional services in the near future.”
In addition to Wizz Air, Dubai Airports has confirmed operations with Jazeera Airways and Gulf Air, which plan to commence flights from October and December 2013 respectively.