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Dubai World Central-Al Maktoum (DWC) welcomes flights by flydubai

Dubai World Central–Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) continues to grow and evolve, yesterday welcoming the launch of services by flydubai.

The airline will operate services to a number of destinations from Dubai World Central–Al Maktoum (DWC) but will continue to call Dubai International Airport (DXB) its main home for now.

Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, called the launch of flydubai services from DWC "a strong endorsement of the growth strategy planned for the two-airport city and a major milestone in the brief, but promising history of the airport."

He added: “We are very pleased with this development as it will benefit both the airline and the airport while offering more choice and convenience to our customers, particularly the residents living in the south of Dubai and upcoming communities around DWC.”

Since launching its operations in 2009, flydubai has created a network of more than 95 destinations in 45 countries, with 17 new routes announced in 2015.

flydubai at DWC

Opened in 2013, the existing passenger terminal at DWC is serviced by one A380 capable runway, 64 remote aircraft stands and has capacity for up to seven million passengers per year.

Dubai Airports is quick to note that DWC offers full retail as well as F&B facilities and services, so passengers handled at Dubai's second gateway aren't missing out by not being welcomed at DXB.

The addition of flydubai services means that DWC is currently served by five passenger airlines and 30 cargo airlines that between serve more than 40 destinations.

DWC's passenger terminal is due to undergo a major expansion that will see its capacity increase to 26 million to accommodate future passenger growth.

The expanded facility is expected to open in 2018 and is a precursor to the $32 billion expansion to create the world’s biggest airport with annual capacity exceeding 200 million passengers.

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