New Infrastructure For Persian Gulf Carriers

By Jens Flottau, Tony Osborne
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
November 04, 2013
Credit: Doha International Airport

As the Persian Gulf carriers continue their steep growth trajectory, infrastructure constraints have become a serious issue for them. But with the opening of Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai last week and Hamad International Airport soon to open in Doha, Qatar, some relief is in sight.

Part of the Dubai World Central (DWC) complex, Dubai's Al Maktoum airport opened its passenger terminal for operations Oct. 27, welcoming a Wizz Air flight from Budapest, Hungary. The low-cost carrier is one of three airlines that have signed up to use the airport 40 km (25 mi.) southwest of the city at Jebel Ali, which is also near the site of Dubai's freight seaport.

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