Dubai Al Maktoum (DWC) Airport

Dubai Al Maktoum DWC Airport Overview

Dubai Al Mactum International Airport DWC - serving the greater Dubai area of the United Arab Emirates opened in October 2013 - intended to be a relief Airport for Dubai International  DXB. It is part of futuristic 'Dubai World Central' - covering an area of 140 sq km, which willl include Dubai Logistics-, Commercial-, Aviation-, & Residential 'Cities', as well as Dubai Science & Technology Park, and Dubai Golf Resort.  DWC is the world’s first integrated logistics platform, with value-added services, such as manufacturing & assembly, in a single bonded free-zone environment, offering links to all of the country’s main motorways, and a future GCC high speed rail network and the Airport.

DWC Airport is located in Jebel Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. pon its completion it is to be the world’s largest passenger & cargo hub airport. It is to complement the Dubai International Airport - 40 km away - which will be linked by a high-speed train.

With a 4,500 meter runway (and upon completion, a total of three runways of the same size), the Airport will accomodate large aircraft like the  Airbus A380. While Wizz Air was the first airline to move in, Kuwait-based Jazeera Airways followed soon after, and Gulf Air in early December 2013.

The new passenger terminal - 'Dubai World Central Terminal' - 
with a single level & 66,000 square meters - currently able to accommodate seven million passengers, is served by an A380-capable runway and 64 remote aircraft stands and offers full retail & food concessions. Saudi's Nasair provides about 50 weekly flights to/from Saudi Arabia, while Wizz Air offers flights to/from Central & Eastern Europe. Low-cost carrier Flydubai shifted its operations from Dubai International DXB to Al Mactoum Airport. The following airlines have moved, or will soon move to, Al Mactum:  Emirates, Ethiopian, Qatar, Gulf Air, & Jazeera Airways. 

Present and future Airport Developments:  'Dubai Airports' announced in Sept. 2014 that Al Maktoum International DWC will undergo a US $32B expansion over an area of 56 sq.km, which eventually is to accommodate over 20 million passenger a year. The work is to be done in two major phases: (Phase 2, currently underway, involves two cargo terminals and other non-passenger terminal related work.
Furthermore, work starts in the coming months of 2015 involving (a) restructuring the forecourt for improved access to parking and drop-off facilities, (b) substantial  area expansion of security, check-in, immigration & baggage claim - to be completed first quarter 2017.
    The Major Phase 1 of expansion project is to completed within 6-8 years and includes two satellite buildings to accommodate 120M passengers a year - able to receive one hundred A380 aircraft simultaneously. Contrary to Dubai International Airport with limited options - Al Maktoum Airport is unique - ensuring that the latest technology & processes reduce time spent on travel formalities and walking distances, with fast connections between a myriad of worldwide destinations. 
By mid-2020 - and in anticipation of World Expo 2020 - it is planned that all facilities will be in place and Emirates will move its hub operations over from DXB to DWC.



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