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Al Maktoum International airport to open in 2011

Dubai’s Al Maktoum International airport will begin passenger operations next March, according to one of the airport’s senior executives.

“The planning date is spring of 2011 – so we’re looking at the end of March for the start of passenger flights,” said Dubai World Central vice president for cargo and logistics Andrew Walsh.

“Right now, the passenger terminal is in the final stages of fit-out. Once we’ve got the cargo terminal open and the operations are settled, we’ll move into the operational readiness process for the passenger terminal through the later part of this year and the early part of next year.”

The £6.9bn airport will eventually host five runways and have a capacity of 160M passengers a year, making it the largest airport in the world upon completion in 2022.

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