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Fact sheets, Reports & Statistics

13 April 2014
Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central

Al 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 commenced flights from December 8, 2013 while Qatar commenced double-daily services om March 1st.

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 and operating.

Emirates 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.

Air freight volumes at Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central grew by 15.9 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2013 with 63,028 tonnes of cargo passing through the facility compared to 54,336 tonnes recorded during the same period in 2012.

The performance in the last quarter follows a 30 per cent jump in monthly cargo volumes in December during which the airport handled 23,661 tonnes of freight compared to 18,025 tonnes during the corresponding month in 2012.

Owing to fluctuations in charter traffic during the full year, DWC recorded a moderate contraction of 4.5 per cent in annual cargo volumes. The facility handled 209,209 tonnes of air freight during 2013 compared to 219,092 tonnes in 2012.

During two months of passenger operations, from October 27, 2013 when the passenger terminal opened, DWC handled a total of 65,197 passengers. That figure is set to increase in 2014 as a result of traffic generated by additional airlines operating into DWC during the 80 day runway enhancement programme commencing May 1.

Spurred by the launch of passenger services and the transfer of all general aviation operations to DWC, aircraft movements for the year totalled 24,871, up 52.5 per cent from 16,317 movements recorded in 2012.

DWC 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 2011.

During 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.

Fast Facts

  • Phase 1 of DWC includes a single A380 compatible runway; a passenger terminal with capacity of 5 million passengers per annum (expandable to 7 mppa); a cargo terminal building with a capacity of 250,000 tonnes per annum (expandable to 600,000) and a 92-metre air traffic control tower.
  • Construction of DWC’s passenger terminal building was completed in 2012. The new facility offers full retail as well as food and beverage amenities. It is serviced by one A380 capable runway, 64 remote aircraft stands and has capacity for up to 7 million passengers per year.
  • Once completed, DWC will accommodate up to 160 mppa (compared to the world’s busiest passenger airport Atlanta at 90 mppa, followed by Chicago O’Hare at 69 mppa and London Heathrow at 67 mppa).
  • DWC will have a final cargo capacity of 12 million tonnes per annum (compared to Dubai’s 2012 traffic volume of 2.27 million tonnes.
  • The airport will have a total of five parallel runways, 4.5km long, each separated by a minimum of 800m.
  • The central terminal area (of the main terminal) will incorporate basements which will house a fully automated baggage handling system capable of handling around 240 million bags per annum.
  • Located in the vicinity of the Jebel Ali Port and Free Zone, DWC will make air-sea connectivity achievable in four hours
  • DWC is designed to support aviation, tourism, and logistics well into the future.
  • Costs for the entire DWC development (including all clusters) has been estimated in excess of US$ 32 billion (approx. AED 120 billion).