Dubai’s Al Maktoum International Airport opens for passengers

October 28, 2013 5:40 am

New terminal welcomes the arrival of the first commercial flight today

The new passenger terminal at Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central (DWC) opened its doors for business, following its official inauguration today.

A large delegation of local dignitaries and aviation officials toured the facility, following the unveiling of a commemorative display and welcomed the arrival of the first commercial flight, Wizz Air W6 2497 from Budapest, Hungary. Gulf Air and Jazeera Airlines were also present, both of which will commence operations at DWC soon.

“Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central will play a vital role in the future development of Dubai as a centre for trade, commerce, transport, logistics and tourism. I am impressed by the efficiency and convenience of this new terminal,” says His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chairman of Dubai Airports. “The opening of this facility signals the historic beginning of a long-term plan to build the largest airport in the world in order to accommodate rising passenger growth and contribute to the continuous economic and social development of Dubai.”

The new passenger terminal offers retail, as well as food and beverage amenities. It is serviced by one A380 capable runway, 64 remote aircraft stands and has capacity to contain up to seven million passengers per year.

Dubai Airports has thus far confirmed operations with three airlines. Wizz Air, which provides low-cost services to 30 countries with 16 bases across Europe, will provide non-stop services linking DWC to Central and Eastern Europe. Jazeera Airways will commence operations with two weekly flights, starting from October 31.  Most recently, Gulf Air has announced its intention to start daily operations to Bahrain, from December 8. Dubai Airports is also in discussions with a number of other interested carriers.

“The location, convenience and compact nature of DWC are compelling attributes,” adds Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports. “Airline and customer interest in this airport continues to grow and we hope to announce additional services in the near future.”