Dubai Al Maktoum (DWC) Airport

Dubai Al Maktoum DWC Airport Overview

Dubai Al Mactum International Airport DWC is a new Airport officially opened October 27, 2013 and is at present intended to be a relief Airport for Dubai International Airport DXB. DWC Airport is part of 'Dubai World Central' - one of the most ambitious projects of its kind in the world, to include residential, commercial and logistics complex scheme.  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, the upcoming GCC high speed rail network and the Airport.

DWC Airport is located in Jebel Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and  upon its completion 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' - opened October, 2013
- with a single level & 66,000 square meters - 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:  According to Dubai Airports announcement in September 2014, Al Maktoum International DWC is to undergo a US $32B expansion over an area of 56, which eventually is to accommodate over 20 million passenger a year. The work is to be done in two phases - the first  which will last 6-8 years and includes two satellite buildings to accommodate 120M passengers a year,  and able to receive one hundred A380 aircraft 'at any one time'. 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, it is planned that all facilities will be in place and Emirates will move its hub operations over to DWC.

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