Cargo flights from Al Maktoum Airport on June 25


By Abdul Basit 

DUBAI — Al Maktoum International Airport at Jebel Ali, the world’s largest commercial airport, will start its cargo flights from June 25, a top government executive said.

“We will start it for cargo airlines on June 25 and later for passenger flights,” Khalifa Al Zaffin, Executive Chairman and Managing Director of the Dubai World Central, told reporters on the sidelines of the 10th edition of Airport Show on Wednesday.Ten times larger than the Dubai International Airport and Dubai Cargo Village, the new Al Maktoum International Airport is part of DWC’s Aviation City. When fully completed in 2015, it will have six parallel runways, three passenger terminals and 16 cargo terminals.

Al Zaffin did not provide details of agreements signed for cargo operations from the new airport. He said there is a list of cargo airlines, but details will be announced in June.

 Al Zaffin said that a new expansion plan is under consideration for Terminal 2. The terminal is hub for  Dubai’s first low cost carrier flydubai, which has an annual capacity of three to five million passengers.

He said a decision to build a new terminal building or expand the existing building would be taken within a month. “We are now looking at all our options,” he said, adding: “If we go for a new one, we are talking about 20 million (passengers). If we revamp, then we are talking about seven million (passengers).”  —