Passenger flights to begin at Dubai World Central in October

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Passenger services will begin at Dubai World Central airport for the first time this winter when budget operators Nasair and Wizz Air start operating from the new airport.

The airport began handling freight services in 2010. Its passenger terminal was completed last year and is serviced by an Airbus A380-capable runway, 64 remote aircraft stands and can handle 7 million passenger annually.

Dubai Airports chief executive Paul Griffiths says: "The introduction of passenger services from Dubai World Central is the first step in the long term development of the airport and will provide an attractive alternative to travellers. We are equally thrilled to welcome our launch airlines Wizz Air and Nasair. We look forward to announcing additional airlines and services in the months to come."

Central Europe budget operator Wizz links Bucharest, Budapest, Kiev and Sofia with Dubai, while Middle East low-cost carrier Nasair connects Dubai with the Saudi cities of Dammam, Jeddah, Madinah and Riyadh. The carriers will switch operation to Dubai World Central from 27 October.

On completion Dubai World Central will have five runways and a capacity of 160 million passengers.