Dubai World Central clear for passenger operations

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Dubai's Al-Maktoum International Airport has been cleared for passenger operations, allowing its new passenger terminal to open on 27 October.

Al-Maktoum is the hub at the heart of the Dubai World Central complex located at Jebel Ali.

It opened for freight operations in June 2010 but there has been a focus on expanding passenger capacity at the main Dubai International Airport, the base of Emirates and FlyDubai.

The airport's operator states that the General Civil Aviation Authority of the United Arab Emirates has confirmed compliance with regulatory requirements.

“We will continue to press ahead with trials that test every system, process and piece of equipment in the new terminal - be it signage, gates or boarding procedures - to make sure the new facility is ready to accept passengers," says Dubai Airports vice-president of airside operations Jamal Zaal.

He says the operator is aiming for a 27 October opening date. Passenger tests will be conducted on 12 October.

Al-Maktoum airport's terminal is designed to handle 5-7 million passengers per year, although the longer-term masterplan for Dubai World Central projects capacity for 160 million passengers at the airport, which will also have five runways.