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Dubai South's new VIP terminal launches first flights

Private jet carrying 13 passengers takes off to mark the beginning of operations at the world's first 7-star facility dedicated to private aviation

Dubai South's new VIP terminal launches first flights

A private jet carrying 13 passengers took off from the newly built VIP Terminal at Dubai South's Aviation District, marking the beginning of operations at the world's first 7-star facility dedicated to private aviation.

The first flight, an Embraer Legacy aircraft, headed to The Maldives, was handled by JetEx, a statement said.

Khalifa Al Zaffin, executive chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation, said: "The flight is an important milestone for Dubai South and for Dubai's aviation industry as a whole.

"It brings into operation a truly beautiful facility that sets new benchmarks in terms of luxurious ambiance and excellent service. The stage is now set for robust growth in Dubai's luxury travel sector."

Operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the 5,600 sq m terminal will cater specifically to private, business and government VIP travellers.

Adel Mardini, CEO and president of JetEx, added: "We are proud to partner with Dubai South and be the first FBO to open at the new VIP Terminal. We handled our first flight at this new terminal and we are grateful to everyone at Dubai South for making this happen.

"We look forward to a future of continued collaboration with Dubai South for delivering a new experience to our customers and we are confident that the new VIP Terminal will bring added value to general aviation not only in Dubai but across the GCC."

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