Al Maktoum International Airport opens

02/03/2011 - Dubai Investment News Posted by Neil King
Al Maktoum International Airport opens

Dubai Airports has announced that the Al Maktoum International airport has officially opened for general aviation operations.

The organisation said that approval has been granted from the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) for flights to take off and land.

However, despite the fact that the opening of the airport's passenger terminal has been delayed until the end of the year, there will still be plenty of activity there, Lorne Riley, the head of corporate communications at Dubai Airports, confirmed.

"You will see general aviation, which are private aircraft or companies that charter small jets and aircraft, flying passengers in and out," Mr Riley said.

The first company to sign on is Al Futtaim Services Company in a joint venture with a jet operator in Europe.

Once completed, the multi-billion pound complex will be one of the largest urban development projects in the world.

It is set to comprise of five runways, four terminal buildings and the capacity to handle 160 million passengers a year, and 12 million tonnes of cargo.ADNFCR-2019-ID-800438725-ADNFCR