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Dubai, UAE – October 14, 2013 – Dubai Airports conducted an extensive
operational trial involving some 1,200 Dubai residents on Saturday to test the
readiness of the passenger terminal building at Al Maktoum International at
Dubai World Central (DWC) in advance of its opening later this month. The major
trial follows a comprehensive series of preliminary exercises that were carried
out at the facility in recent weeks with the participation of employees of the
airport and its partners.
A collaborative effort between Dubai Airports and
Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects, dnata, Dubai Duty Free and control
authorities such as Dubai Police, the General Directorate of Residency and
Foreign Affairs and Dubai Customs, among others – the trial was designed to evaluate
the readiness of staff, systems and processes at the new facility by simulating
a typical airport operation.
Some 1,200 volunteers including men, women, children,
senior citizens and individuals with special needs, played the role of
passengers arriving and departing. During their ‘journeys’ volunteers tested
way-finding signage and the flow of passenger traffic within the new building.
“As was the case with Terminal 3 and Concourse A, it
is imperative that we thoroughly test every aspect of the passenger experience
across the new facility before we open,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai
Airports. “The trial has yielded some very valuable feedback which we will be
acting on to ensure we have a seamless opening in two weeks. I would like to
thank all the volunteers who took time during their weekend to support to the
Upon opening, the new facility will offer 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.
Dubai Airports has thus far confirmed MOUs with three
airlines, two of which have identified operational start dates. Wizz Air, which
provides low-cost air transport across 30 countries with 16 bases across
Europe, will provide non-stop services linking DWC to Central and Eastern
Europe effective October 27. Wizz Air has a fleet of 40 Airbus A320 aircraft
operating over 1,500 weekly flights to 93 destinations. Jazeera Airways will
start serving Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central with two weekly
flights starting October 31st, 2013. Jazeera Airways serves 19 popular
destinations in the Middle East from Kuwait. The airline operates seven
fully-owned Airbus A320s, each fitted with a two-class cabin comprising of a
Business Class and an Economy Class.
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