Dubai will see the Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) finally swing into full operation in 2012, when local LCC flydubai shifts its operations to the new airport next year. The airport is already playing home to a number of cargo carriers and receiving charter and business flights, but the arrival of a scheduled passenger airline will be a major milestone.
Al Maktoum Airport is another example of just how ambitious Dubai’s plans are for its aviation sector. The massive infrastructure project at Al Maktoum was originally envisaged with an eye looking two to three decades into the future. The USD35 billion airport master plan called for the construction of six parallel runways along with passenger terminals with a combined capacity for 160 million passengers p/a and around 12 million tonnes of cargo. An associated free-trade zone, aerospace park, logistics area and even a residential zone complete the project.
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