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on 27 June,
officially opened the new Al
Maktoum International facility,
also known as Dubai World Central
(DWC), eventually intended to
become the world's biggest airport.
The facility initially opened
for cargo operations, welcoming
inaugural ights operated by Rus
Aviation, Skyline and Aerospace
"Phase 1 is the first step in a
long infrastructure development
project that, over time, will see
our new airport transformed into
the world's largest global gateway
and a multi-modal logistics hub
that plays an increasingly integral
role in the ongoing economic and
social development of Dubai."
said Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al
Maktoum, chairman of Dubai
Airports and president of the
Dubai Civil Aviation Authority.
"It is a proud day for Dubai and an
auspicious occasion for the future of global aviation."
e rst phase of the airport's development features
one A380-capable 4,500m runway, 64 remote stands,
a cargo terminal with annual capacity for 250,000
tonnes of freight and a passenger terminal designed
to accommodate as many as 5 million passengers
per year. Once completed, DWC will be the largest
airport in the world, with ve 4,500m runways, four
terminal buildings and capacity for 160 million
passengers and 12 million tonnes of cargo.
"Although it is a long-term project, the need for a
second airport in the near to mid-term is clear,"
says Paul Gri ths, chief executive o cer of Dubai
Airports. "Dubai International currently has capacity
for 2.5 million tonnes of cargo while volumes are
expected increase 48 percent to 3 million tonnes by
2015. On the passenger side we expect to see numbers
skyrocket from the 41 million that passed through
Dubai International in 2009 to 98 million by 2020
and 150 million by 2030."
Planning envisaged that the airport would be
fully developed by 2017, although analysts say that
last year's nancial upheavals -- which sti ed global
demand for air transport -- could cause this to be
pushed back as many as ve years, to 2022.
Gri ths adds that the rst airlines to use the
new airport have responded well to its facilities and
connectivity to the Jebel Ali Port and Jebel Ali Free
Zone, via a bonded road.
"We are delighted with the response from cargo
operators who are seizing the opportunity," he says.
"DWC opened today with 15 cargo airlines signed
up, and we expect that number to increase steadily
over the next few months."
Cargo carriers that have signed up to operate
into DWC include : Aban Air, ACI, Aerospace
Consortium, Aviation Ser vice Management, Coyne
Air ways, EuroAsian Ser vices, Gatewick, Ramjet,
Reem Style, Rial Aviation, Rus Aviation, Sonic Jet,
SunGlobal, Skyline and United Aviation Services.
Airline operational start
dates vary, but the new
carriers will arrive gradually
in the weeks following the
The opening was
preceded by the
presentation of the o cial
aerodrome certi cation for
DWC to Sheikh Ahmed
from Saif Mohammed
Al Suwaidi, Director
General of the General
Civil Aviation Authority
The older Dubai
reported double-digit year-
on-year growth in both
passenger and cargo tra c
increased 13.6 percent
compared with May 2009,
rising to 3,654,717. This
represents the eleventh
consecutive month of
double-digit growth for the
airport -- a run that began in June 2009 with a 10.3
percent gain in tra c.
Passenger tra c for the year to date has risen 17.7
percent to a total of 18,870,253.
May cargo volume surged an impressive 31.7
percent from the same month last year, rising to
195,221 tonnes, spurred by increased economic
activity in Asia and other regions. Cargo volumes for
the year to date are up 27 percent at 917,280 tonnes.
According to Griffiths: "The outlook remains
strong as we expect tra c during June and September
to hit record levels owing to the onset of the summer
travel season. An average of 100,000 passengers per
day travelled through Dubai International during the
summer rush in 2009 and the number is likely to be
much higher this year."
Anticipating the in ux of travellers, the airport
has deployed 250 volunteers from di erent cultures
throughout the airport's terminals, to welcome,
guide and assist passengers from the kerbside to the
boarding gates. ●
Dubai opens second major airport
With Dubai anticipating a surge in passenger and cargo demand over the next two decades, the Emirate has
opened what will eventually become the world's largest airport, writes Andrzej Jeziorski.
The original Dubai International Airport is not big
enough to handle an expected boom in passenger
and cargo traffic over the coming years.
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