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Dubai, UAE – October 27, 2013 – The new passenger terminal at Al Maktoum International at Dubai World
Central (DWC) opened its doors for business today following its official
inauguration and the welcoming of the first commercial flight.
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 flight W6 2497 arriving
from Budapest, Hungary. Also present were aircraft from Gulf Air and Jazeera
Airlines both of which will commence operations at DWC soon.
“Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central will play a vital role
in the future development of Dubai as a centre for trade, commerce, transport
and logistics and tourism. I am impressed by the efficiency and convenience of
this new terminal,” said HH 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 to accommodate the tremendous passenger growth and
contribute to the continued economic and social development of Dubai.”
The new passenger terminal 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.
Dubai Airports has thus far confirmed operations with three airlines.
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. Jazeera Airways will commence operations with two weekly
flights starting October 31st, 2013. Most
recently, Gulf Air has announced its intention to start daily operations to
Bahrain on December 8, 2013. Dubai Airports is in discussions with a number of
other interested carriers.
“The location, convenience and compact nature of DWC are compelling
attributes,” added 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.”
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