‘World’s largest airport’ ready to welcome its first passengers in Dubai

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By Lucy Barnard  www.thenational.ae

Dubai’s new airport can officially welcome passengers from next month after it received the go-ahead from the General Civil Aviation Authority.

Kamran Jebreili | AP Control tower building at World Central-Al Maktoum International Airport, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Kamran Jebreili | AP Control tower building at World Central-Al Maktoum International Airport, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

In a letter issued on Sunday, the regulator certified that Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai World Central has met all of its requirements and is able to begin handling passengers from October 27, Dubai Airports said on Monday.

The news has long been expected, with the Saudi-based carrier Nasair and the Hungarian budget airline Wizzair ready to commence passenger services from the new airport in Dubai’s Jebel Ali district on that date.

The approval is the latest stage in opening what is expected to become the world’s largest airport, forming part of a massive new Dubai World Central residential, commercial and logistics complex. More info