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Gulf Air’s first touchdown in Dubai World Central
Bahrain’s national carrier launches daily service to Al Maktoum International Airport.
December 9, 2013 12:31 by kippreport
Gulf Air became the first full-service airline to begin operating in the new Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central (DWC) yesterday, December 8.
Flight GF578 took off from Bahrain International Airport at 9:30am and landed at Al Maktoum International Airport at 11:45am, carrying Gulf Air’s delegates and members of the media from the Middle East region.
The new service is an addition to the airline’s current operation of 51 flights per week into Dubai International Airport. Gulf Air will be operating its new A320 aircraft on all of its flights between Bahrain International Airport and Al Maktoum International.
According to Bahrain’s national carrier, the new daily evening service will attract travellers who value the airport’s proximity to ‘new Dubai’. It also provides passengers with greater travel options and connections through Bahrain to more than 30 destinations.
Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, says that interest in the new passenger terminal is growing in “leaps and bounds” and that 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.
DWC, which was initially slated to launch in 2009, can currently handle seven million passengers per year, when compared with approximately 60 million that pass through the Dubai International Airport. The new terminal aims to eventually have five runways and a capacity to handle 160 million passengers and 12 million tonnes of cargo per year.
In October, Qatar Airways announced the addition of Sharjah and DWC in its network of routes to the UAE, with 14 flights per week to each destination.
As of March 1, 2014, the Doha-based carrier will operate twice daily to Sharjah International Airport and twice daily to Al Maktoum International Airport, using Airbus A320s on both routes.