Exclusive: Dubai World Central Airport May Open Early For Passengers


By Dominic Ellis  gulfbusiness.com

Official reports have targeted a year-end launch but speaking exclusively to Business Traveller Middle East, Khalifa Al Zaffin, executive chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation, said: “Whether it’s first, second or third quarter, it’s not my call but I think it’s going to happen [before end 2013].”

The strategy for the new airport will be to serve as a centre for executive jet/FBO business and low-cost travel, with flydubai tipped to relocate from Terminal 2, alongside existing cargo flights.

Al Zaffin suggested that all private aviation traffic would have to leave Dubai International airport.

“By default we have to – the airport is really busy. The idea is to overflow all excess business, and any business which is not essential, to Dubai World Central. Rather than have a private jet that has six people in it, taking up an aircraft movement, we’d rather have an A380 that has several hundred in it.” More info