The new airport demonstrates a new concept in which logistic and residential services integrate to form an aviation city on its own, His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said on Sunday after the inauguration of the passenger terminal at Al Maktoum International Airport.
Shaikh Mohammed unveiled a ceremonial plaque installed in the entrance of the departure terminal in the presence of Shaikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, and a number of dignitaries and aviation officials.
The new passenger terminal kicked off its operations by welcoming the first commercial flight of Europe’s low-cost carrier Wizz Air, which arrived on Sunday morning from Budapest, Hungary.
The airport, which is part of Dubai World Central’s development, will be among the biggest airports in the world with five runways, a capacity of 160 million passengers and a cost of Dh120 billion upon completion.
“Twenty-eight years ago we believed in open skies policy, today we receive more than 130 airline companies, and we link 50 million passengers across the world. The aviation sector contributes directly and indirectly more than Dh44 billion to our national economy and provides 85,000 job opportunities,” Shaikh Mohammed tweeted.
He expressed his happiness and satisfaction about the project that constitutes a platform to develop Jebel Ali as an industrial and logistic hub that contributes in Dubai’s development in all aspects and diversify the UAE national economy.
While talking to his accompanied delegation, Shaikh Mohammed asserted that the idea of this international airport, that will be the biggest in the world once completed, had always been in the mind of Shaikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. Adding that “the idea became reality”.
Shaikh Mohammed said: “Once we reach the crest of a mountain, we move to another one. We do that for our country and our loyal citizens. This is life; with perseverance and determination we move from one crest to another so our country remains an ideal model for development in all aspects of life.”
Shaikh Mohammed toured the new terminal building starting from the departure terminal. He stopped by the check-in counter and listened to a briefing from President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Emirates airline and Group Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum about the equipment and facilities.
Shaikh Ahmed said: “Al Maktoum International …. will play a vital role in the future development of Dubai as a centre for trade, commerce, transport and logistics and tourism.”