By Andy Sambidge
Dubai World Central says terminal is scheduled to be completed in Q4 2015
Dubai World Central, the world’s first purpose-built aerotropolis, has announced the ground breaking for an Executive Terminal which will cater exclusively to business aviation.
The 6,000 sq m terminal is sited at DWC’s Aviation District and is scheduled to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2015.
The facility will host Jet Aviation, XJet, and Jetex as key fixed-based operators.
Rashed Bu Qara’a, chief operating officer, Dubai Aviation City Corporation, said: "DWC is partnering with industry leaders to build a complete ecosystem for a world-class aerotropolis, and the Executive Terminal is a step in the right direction.
"Providing integrated access to both land side and air side, DWC’s Aviation District enables the seamless functioning of fixed- based operations and is, therefore, ideally placed to host a project of this magnitude."
Other key features of the terminal include dedicated facilities for customs, immigration and police, separate drop-off and executive lounge areas to ensure full privacy, as well as walkable, direct access to the apron.
Josh Stewart, founder and CEO of XJet, a USA-headquartered exclusive private aviation service provider, said: "XJet has been committed to bringing its award-winning business model to the Middle East for a number of years.
"We are incredibly excited to have been awarded a licence to operate at the world’s first purpose-built aerotropolis. The truly world-class setup at DWC has encouraged us to relocate our global headquarters to our new facility which will be opening in 2015."
Services at the Executive Terminal will be supported by a $80 million VIP Completion Centre scheduled for completion by Falcon Aviation by the end of 2015.