Airport company Dubai Airports has officially opened the new Dubai Al Maktoum International airport in the Dubai World Central complex for general aviation operations. The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority granted approval on February 23 following a number of inspections, and it also approved an amended aerodrome certificate for helicopter and passenger aircraft operations with up to 60 persons on board.
Travel retailer Dubai Duty Free will have 4,000sq m (43,040sq ft) of retail space in the complex but no stores have been opened yet. The Al Maktoum airport has been handling cargo operations since last year.
Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said: “This is a significant development for Dubai Al Maktoum International, which we foresee as developing into a major regional hub for general aviation in the years to come. Our new airport is an increasingly appealing option for general aviation companies in the region, particularly as air traffic volumes increase at Dubai International.”
The company added that Dubai International airport recorded 22,500 general aviation movements in 2010, and with the gradual transitioning of flights to the new airport Al Maktoum should handle 25 to 40 movements per day by the end of this year.