Established to be the heart of Dubai’s mega project Dubai World Central (DWC), Al Maktoum International Airport will be the world’s largest global gateway spanning an area of about 14,000 hectares (35,000 acres) with capacity for more than 160 million passengers and 12 million tonnes of freight annually.
Al Maktoum International Airport is located at Dubai World Central (DWC) in Jebel Ali, 70km from Dubai International Airport. At such location , it is easily accessible from all three of Dubai’s main, multi-lane arterial roads, including: Sheikh Zayed Road (E11), Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road (E311) and Emirates Road (E611), with well-developed access roads leading to the airport.
It is also linked to the city by buses and taxis operated by the Roads and Transports Authority (RTA). The nearest metro station is located at Ibn Battuta Mall which can be reached via bus or taxi. Moreover, it will be linked to the existing Dubai International Airport by a proposed high-speed express rail system, and served by the Dubai Metro and a dedicated Dubai World Central light railway.
Al Maktoum International Airport was opened in 2010 with only one runway and cargo flights, and the first flight into the airport occurred on 20 June 2010, when an Emirates SkyCargo Boeing 777F landed after a flight from Hong Kong. This flight actually served as a test for various functions such as air traffic control, movement of aircraft on the ground, and security, and it was a complete success.
The passengers’ flight test at the airport occurred on 28 February 2011, and the first passenger aircraft touched down was Airbus A319CJ.However, the airport officially opened for passenger flights on 26 October 2013 with Nas Air and Wizz Air as the two carriers to operate from the airport.
Upon its opening, three cargo service airlines served Al Maktoum International Airport, including RUS Aviation, Skyline Air and Aerospace Consortium, at the same time, fifteen additional airlines have signed a contract to operate flights to the airport.
Passenger numbers in the first half of 2016 reached about 410,278, up from 209,989 in the first half of 2015.
The airport is featuring: three passenger terminals, Multiple concourses, Executive and royal jet centres, Hotels and shopping malls in addition to Support and maintenance facilities.