Dubai World Central airport opens to passengers


By Alexander Cornwell, Staff Reporter

Dubai: Dubai’s highly anticipated second airport, Al Maktoum International (DWC), opens to passenger traffic on Sunday – four years behind schedule.

The future aviation super hub was originally slated to open in mid-2009 but after failing to secure an operating license from the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Dubai Airports pushed back the launch date. At the time Dubai Airports Chief Executive Officer Paul Griffiths said the 2009 date was “always an aspiration.”

Despite its set backs cargo services were launched at Al Maktoum International in June 2010 and since then Dubai Airports signed several deals with cargo operators, including SkyCargo and Air France-KLM, to shift operations to the new airport.

On Sunday – European-budget carrier Wizz Air will begin flights to Al Maktoum International with its outbound flight to Budapest. Wizz Air will fly four-times weekly from Al Maktoum to Budapest and Kiev, and three-ties weekly to Bucharest and Sofia. More info