x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Dubai's second airport open for passengers to check in this year

Dubai World Central will open its doors for passenger services later this year when launch carriers nasair and Wizz Air start operations.

Passenger travel at Dubai World Central will begin in October.
Passenger travel at Dubai World Central will begin in October.

DUBAI // Dubai World Central, Dubai's second airport, will open its doors for passengers on October 27 when carriers nasair and Wizz Air start operations.

Upon completion, Dubai World Central will become the world's largest airport with five runways and an ultimate capacity of 160 million passengers and 12 million tonnes of cargo per year.

"A new era in Dubai's already proud aviation story is set to begin," said Dubai Airports chief executive Paul Griffiths.

"The introduction of passenger services from Dubai World Central is the first step in the long term development of the airport and will provide an attractive alternative to travellers."

Nasair plans to operate over 50 flights per week between Dubai and a number of destinations in Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi-based carrier already operates 950 weekly flights to 28 destinations with a fleet of 21 aircraft comprises Airbus A320s and Embraer E190s.

Wizz Air, which provides budget flights across 30 countries including 16 in Europe, will provide non-stop services linking Dubai to Central and Eastern Europe.

Wizz Air has a fleet of 40 Airbus A320 aircraft operating over 1,500 weekly flights to 93 destinations.

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