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So Dubai has the new Al Maktoum International Airport, already partly open. On completion it will be the world's largest passenger and cargo hub. Up to four aircraft will be able to land simultaneously, 24 hours a day, on parallel runways.
Concourse 3, Dubai International’s dedicated A380 facility, is set to open in 2012, when Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International will also start passenger services. Designed for the future, Al Maktoum International Airport proposes to handle all next-generation aircraft, including the Airbus A380 super-jumbo.
WestJet is in discussions with Emirates Airline about a potential alliance, as part of the carrier's plans to expand its global reach. Emirates -- currently battling the federal government over its ability to increase flights to Canadian cities -- is one of a number of airlines WestJet is talking to, CEO Gregg Saretsky said Monday.
Air traffic in the UAE increased by 9.11 percent year-on-year last month, according to new figures released on Tuesday by the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA). The newly opened Al Maktoum International Airport registered just 25 shipping movements last month. Dubai had the highest level air traffic in the UAE, with 25,192, or nearly 44 percent of all air traffic movements last month.
When completed, Al Maktoum International Airport will have five runways, four passenger terminals able to accommodate 160 million arrivals a year, and 18 cargo terminals with a capacity of 12 million tons. A 21.5-square kilometre logistics centre will link the airport with the Jebel Ali Port, which has laid the foundations for a third terminal that could more than triple shipping capacity.