More than 1,000 people participated in a test of Dubai’s new airport Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) over the weekend, according to Dubai Airports.
ENAV, an Italian company specialising in air navigation services, has been awarded the tender to manage air traffic services at Dubai's new Al Maktoum Airport, and to optimise air traffic flows in the Dubai area.
The new terminal at Kuwait International Airport, opened in 2008, was made A380 operational in November last year, and Emirates will be the first carrier to fly the superjumbo into the country. It’s not the first time that an airline has flown special A380 flights to show off its superjumbo.
DXB is set to overtake Heathrow as the busiest aviation hub in the world in the near future. And this is before the gigantic new Al Maktoum International Airport in Jebel Ali comes online, with capacity for 160 million passengers per year in the early 2020s. By then, industry analysts reckon more than 200 million passengers will use Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha each year.
Air Transport World praised the airline, which offers regular flights to Dubai from destinations worldwide, for its focus on improving passenger comfort and efficiency. Perry Flint, editorial director of Air Transport World, said: "Customers have a choice to fly Emirates, given that more than 125 airlines serve Dubai.
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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 free zone authority plans to create the world’s single largest free zone in Dubai. Future expansion will centre on the multibillion dollar South Zone, creating industry-specific business clusters that will maximise the site’s proximity to Dubai’s new Al-Maktoum International Airport, which handled its first cargo flights this summer. Building a new airport to serve Dubai’s industrial south opens competitive opportunities.
In the industrial and logistics market even though rents are not increasing, confidence is returning for quality logistics facilities that will support sustained, long term demand in areas such as Jebel Ali (JAFZA) and Dubai World Central (DWC), the report also says. Confidence is also returning to the market, underlined by the Dubai government’s endorsement of DWC when it allowed the first freight service through Al Maktoum airport.
Government departments have been directed to open their doors to qualified UAE graduates and help hone their skills.
The 517-seater A380 will be deployed on the existing EK 306 service that departs Dubai daily at 4.10am, touching down in the Chinese capital city at 3:10pm. Return flight EK 307 takes off from Beijing Capital International Airport at 11.55pm, landing at Terminal 3, Dubai International Airport at 4.20am the following day.