New Dubai airport to open by March in next year


Staff writer

Dubai, Jun 5 (PTI) Dubai’s newest airport Al Maktoum International, is scheduled to begin passenger operations from March next year, a newspaper report has said.

Set to open on June 27 for cargo flights, Al Maktoum International, the centrepiece of the USD 33 billion Dubai World Central megaproject, is planned to be the world’s largest airport when it is fully completed.

“The planning date is spring of 2011 ? so we’re looking at the end of March for the start of passenger flights,” Dubai World Central vice president for cargo and logistics Andrew Walsh told Arabian Business.

“Right now, the passenger terminal is in the final stages of fit-out.

Once we’ve got the cargo terminal open and the operations are settled, we’ll move into the operational readiness process for the passenger terminal through the later part of this year and the early part of next year”, Walsh said.