The Al Maktoum International Airport (IATA: DWC) opens to passengers today at Dubai World Central in the United Arab Emirates. The airport anticipates over 1 million passengers per year on a single runway stretching 3 miles (compatible with the massive double-deck Airbus A380) and can handle about 600,000 tons of cargo per year. With phase 1 compete, work is underway towards phase 2 to expand capability 1.4 million tons of cargo. Once complete, Al Maktoum is anticipated to handle up to 160 million passengers and 12 million tons of air cargo.
Open to cargo shipments since, the airport now welcomes international travelers to Dubai. As of its grand opening on October 26, 2013, Al Maktoum currently serves two airlines, Nas Air (a low cost airline from Saudi Arabia) and Wizz Air (a Hungarian airline offering low cost flights from eastern Europe). Other airlines such as Condor, Jezeera Airways, and Gulf Air plan flights later this year, while Qatar plans to introduce flights early next year.
A low cost alternative to arrive in Dubai? Perhaps flights via Al Maktoum may save you some cash, but Dubai city remains the most expensive city in the Middle East according to a recent survey by Swiss Bank UBS.