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Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC)
Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC), Dubai’s second airport,
opened its doors to passengers on October 27, 2013 with Wizz Air as the launch
airline. Kuwait-based Jazeera Airways launched services from October 31st
while Gulf Air will commence flights from December 8, 2013.
Dubai Airports launched cargo operations at Al Maktoum
International on June 27, 2010 as part of the first phase of the project. The
airport has a total of 36 freight operators (scheduled and chartered) signed up
SkyCargo has confirmed that all dedicated freight flights will be operated from
its new base at DWC when it opens in May 2014 while Air France-KLM will
relocate its regional hub to the airport from August this year.
volumes totalled 146,181 tonnes in the first nine months of 2013, down 11.3 per
cent from 164,757 tonnes recorded in the same period in 2012. For the third
quarter volumes came in at 43,252 tonnes, down 26 per cent from 58,423 tonnes
handled during the same period in 2012. The fall comes as freight volumes
stabilise after the rapid growth in the first few years of cargo operations at
the airport. DWC opened for freight operations in June 2010.
handled 219,092 tonnes of air freight during 2012 – its second full calendar
year of operations, an increase of 144 per cent over 89,729 tonnes recorded in
the first three quarters of the year aircraft movements rose 46.3 per cent to
16,923, up from 11,571 movements during the same period in 2012. For the third
quarter of 2013 air movements rose 63 per cent to 6,686, up from 4,097 in the
third quarter of 2012 due to a surge in general aviation and training flights.
Dubai Airports launched general aviation operations at
DWC on April 28, 2011 with the first flight from launch customer Al Futtaim
Services Company. The launch of operations followed the General Civil Aviation
Authority’s regulatory approval for the facility on February 24, 2011.
Upon completion, DWC will become the world’s largest
airport with an ultimate capacity of 160 million passengers and 12 million
tonnes of cargo per annum. The airport forms the heart of a greater project
also called Dubai World Central, a 140 sq km multiphase development of six
clustered zones that includes the Dubai Logistics City (DLC), Commercial City,
Residential City, Aviation City and the Golf City.
The development is the region’s first integrated,
multi-modal transportation platform connecting air, sea, and land.
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