• 14 Oct
    ‘World’s largest airport’ in Dubai put through its paces ahead of opening

    Source: The National.

    It’s all systems go for Dubai’s new airport as some 1,200 volunteers including men, women, children and individuals with special needs put the facility to the test ahead of its opening to passengers.

    Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central will accept its first passenger flight on October 27 and underwent a trial designed to evaluate the readiness of staff, systems and processes by simulating a typical airport operation.

    The collaborative effort between Dubai Airports and Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects, dnata, Dubai Duty Free and control authorities such as Dubai Police, the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs and Dubai Customs, among others saw the volunteer passengers arriving and departing at the airport, and testing the signage and flow of passenger traffic throughout the building.

    “As was the case with Terminal 3 and Concourse A, it is imperative that we thoroughly test every aspect of the passenger experience across the new facility before we open,” said Paul Griffiths, the chief executive of Dubai Airports.

    “The trial has yielded some very valuable feedback which we will be acting on to ensure we have a seamless opening in two weeks. I would like to thank all the volunteers who took time during their weekend to support the trial.”

    Preliminary exercises have already been carried out by members of staff at the airport, which has been handling cargo flights since June 2010.

    The passenger terminal at Al Maktoum, which was completed last year, will initially be able to handle 7 million passengers a year and is expected to become the world’s largest airport.

    Mr Griffiths said earlier this month that “alternative purposes” could be found for Dubai International if having two hubs hampers the take up of flights at Al Maktoum.