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Dubai is gearing up to launch a new international airport by the end of October this year
The first phase of construction is already complete, and the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority has certified Dubai World Central (DWC) Al Maktoum International Airport for passenger operations.
The new terminal will be able to accommodate seven million travellers a year.
A Khaleej Times report said, “When completed, the DWC will be the largest airport in the world with five runways and capacity for 160mn passengers and 12mn tonnes of cargo per year.”
Currently, Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport takes the prize for world’s busiest, with 89mn passengers a year. The first airlines to inaugurate Al Maktoum International Airport will be Saudi Arabia’s Nas Air and Hungary’s Wizz Air, followed by Emirates.
Dubai’s original airport is undergoing an expansion to increase capacity to 100mn passengers per year by 2020.