Dubai's new airport seen open to passengers by end 2013

Dubai Airports' chairman Sheikh Ahmed says delayed Al Maktoum to open before next Air Show

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Airports.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Airports.

Dubai's new Al Maktoum International airport, which began cargo operations two years ago, expects to open its long-delayed passenger terminal by the end of 2013, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum said on Tuesday.

Sheikh Ahmed is president of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chairman of Dubai Airports.

"We will look to open passenger terminal by end of next year," he told reporters. "Hopefully before the next Air Show in Dubai, we will open passenger terminal."

The Al Maktoum airport, part of the Dubai World Central logistics complex, was originally due to open for passenger traffic in March last year.

The massive new airport is designed to cater to 160m passengers as Dubai attempts to leverage its central location between continents as a hub for airlines.

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Posted by: koBWwhLJfalj

I just got back to Kuwait from Dubai. The airport cgrahes Ridiculously high prices for everything in their store. duty free or not. It is much better to go in town and shop the Souk, or the Gold Souk in the Dubai Mall. They wanted $3,400 to $6,500 for ONE ounce bar of 99.999 24 kt Suisse gold. I asked the lady, you do know what the spot price on gold is per ounce, why are you charging such an outrageous price. The sales people are clueless drones that only do what they are told by the owners.

Posted by: phil

multi-airport operation makes the transit passenger business really tricky, because this requires actual ENTRY to UAE, not actual transit. so Emirates is unlikely to move over. they depend on the thru traffic to plunder traffic from Europe to Asia. so scenario is point to point and foreign airlines will be told (that's the way it usually works) to fly to the new airport, to free up capacity for the cherished and always well-treated Emirates flagship... DXB cannot go much more than the current 50M or so passengers per year. they will never reach 90M imho. they are lucky they can operate those to closely spaced runways at same time.

Posted by: John Smith

The Airport is called Al Maktoum International Airport. The Airport Code is DWC.

The entire 140km2 project is known as Dubai World Central.

The Government entity that manages the Dubai World Central project is called Dubai Aviation City Corporation.

Posted by: Mark

Which airline will operate from here?

Emirates only or others as well?

Posted by: peopleshouldreadbeforecommenting

Baba ? really ? Guess you didn't read the article as it clearly states "The Al Maktoum airport", part of the Dubai World Central logistics "complex"

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