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Gulf Air confirms service to Dubai’s new airport
Al Maktoum International Airport’s passenger terminal to open on October 27.
October 24, 2013 9:25 by kippreport
Gulf Air has agreed to become the first full-service airline to fly into Al Maktoum International Airport, according to a statement released today by government-owned Dubai Airports.
Bahrain’s national carrier, which has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), plans to operate a daily service between Bahrain and Al Maktoum International Airport, starting December 8.
This is in addition to the 51 flights per week it currently operates at the Dubai International Airport.
Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, says that it’s clear interest in the new passenger terminal is growing in “leaps and bounds” and he is confident that passengers will appreciate its efficiency.
“Gulf Air’s daily service to Bahrain and onward connections through its network are sure to be appealing to a wide number of travellers,” he adds.
Al Maktoum International Airport, part of Dubai World Central (DWC), is scheduled to open its passenger terminal building on October 27.
Hungary’s low-cost Wizz Air will begin operations immediately and provide non-stop flights between the airport and Central and Eastern Europe, while Kuwait’s Jazeera Airways will begin operations on October 31, with two weekly flights.
Saudi Arabia’s nasair was initially meant to be one of the launch carriers (along with Wizz Air) flying out of the new terminal, but a report earlier this month revealed that the low-cost airline was “evaluating the financial feasibility” of operations from the new airport.
While nasair has also previously signed a MoU, Griffiths says the airline is under no legal obligations to honour it, and that he is still optimistic that the airline would eventually be operating out of the new airport.
DWC aims to eventually have five runways and a capacity to handle 160 million passengers and 12 million tonnes of cargo per year.