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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
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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