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Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International (DWC)
Dubai Airports launched cargo operations at Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International (DWC) on June 27 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.
DWC will open its doors to passengers on October 27, 2013 when launch carriers nasair and Wizz Air commence operations to destinations in Saudi Arabia and Europe respectively.
In the first quarter of 2013 freight volume at DWC increased by 7.8 per cent to 53,974 tonnes from 50,062 during the same period in 2012. Air traffic movements at the airport rose 16.8 per cent to 4,104 in the first three months of 2013 compared to 3,513 movements during the first quarter of 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.
Aircraft movements for the year came in at 16,317, up 99 per cent from 8,198 recorded in 2011. During 2012, more than 30 airlines operated into DWC, predominantly as cargo charter operations. Of these 15 were scheduled services.
In 2011, some 8,198 aircraft movements were recorded at DWC – 3,609 (44 per cent) of these were commercial cargo flights, 4,548 (55.5 per cent) were test and training flights and 41 (0.5 per cent) were general aviation operations. During 2011, 36 airlines operated into Dubai World Central, predominantly as cargo charter operations.
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 in the mid 2020s, 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.
§ DWC is designed to support aviation, tourism, and logistics well into the future.
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