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Three weeks after the opening of the world’s newest airport, Al Maktoum, which serves the huge enterprise zone of Dubai World Central, things are already looking good.
Today saw the low key opening of Al Maktoum International Airport with the first commercial passenger flight to land there, courtesy of Hungarian budget airline Wizz Air.

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The *unoffical* Guide to Al Maktoum Airport!

Welcome to the Dubai World Central - Al Maktoum Airport Guide - the definitive guide to Dubai's all new super airport set to be the biggest in the world. Hopefully you will find all you need to know here about the new airport from information about its history (it actually opened in 2010) to what the future holds.

Dubai World Central - Al Maktoum Airport (DWC) is the official name of Dubai's new 'super-airport'. Tipped to be the biggest  and busiest airport in the world by many commentators, when operating at maximum capacity it could see some 160 million passengers through its doors each and every year. It will be the epicentre of the Dubai World Central project that is under development 20 miles or so south west of Dubai but crucially only around 5 miles from Palm Jebel Ali and The Palm Jumeira. DWC will include huge residential developments, leisure complex, aviation and logistics districts that will serve the UAE.

Officially the airport opened in June 2010, however this was limited to cargo whilst the airport founds it's feet and construction work continued on the passenger terminals, and still does now. It is not expected to be fully complete until 2017.

October 2013 saw the eagerly awaited arrival of the first passengers, although despite the new super airport being designed to accommodate the world's largest passenger aircraft from the likes of BA, Etihad and Virgin, it was a rather more subtle affair which saw budget airport, Wizzair become the first to land passengers on its tarmac bringing 100 passengers from Budapest.

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Latest Al Maktoum Airport News from around the web

Touchdown! First passenger plane lands at £20bn Dubai airport that is set to become the biggest in the world
It was a modest Wizz Air plane that was the first to touchdown at Dubai’s new Al Maktoum International Airport terminal, which is tipped to become the world’s largest in 10 years. Carrying just 100 passengers from Budapest, the low-cost carrier landed on the sprawling runway in the United Arab Emirates’ most flashy city-state, known for its luxury goods and hefty price-tags. Full Story.

First Flights Due at Dubai Al Maktoum Airport
In two days’ time, the world’s biggest airport will finally see its first commercial passenger flights take off and land. Variously called Jebel Ali International Airport, Jebel Ali Airport City and Dubai World Central International Airport during the construction phases, it will open with a new name; Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International Airport and will be the focus of a huge residential, commercial and logistical complex dubbed Dubai World Central. Full Story.

Dubai's Al Maktoum Airport traffic soars 46%
Dubai’s second airport has dramatically increased traffic by almost 50 percent already this year, Dubai Airports has revealed. Aircraft movements at Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central (DWC) rose 46 per cent to 16,923 during the first nine months of the year. The third quarter saw traffic soar 63 per cent to 6,686 movements, compared to 4,097 during the same period in 2012. The increase was due to a surge in general aviation and training flights, Dubai Airports said in a statement. Full Story.