• Flights will commence on 25 October
  • Current flights from Dubai International terminal 2 will continue

Dubai-based budget airline Flydubai will commence flying passengers to multiple destinations from Al-Maktoum International airport, located at Dubai World Central (DWC) on 25 October.

Destinations the airline will serve from Dubai’s second international airport include Amman, Beirut, Chittagong, Doha, Kathmandu, Kuwait and Muscat. The company will also continue operating flights to these destinations from Dubai International airport’s Terminal 2.

Flydubai CEO Ghaith al-Ghaith said in a statement that his firm’s new operations at DWC provides further opportunities for growth as the airline plans to expand its current fleet by acquiring 100 new aircraft from the US’ Boeing by 2023. “We will continue to play an important role in the future of aviation in the UAE,” Al-Ghaith said.

Flydubai expects its 50th aircraft, the final unit of the total order it placed when it began operations in 2008, to be delivered this year.

Al-Maktoum International airport began operations in 2010. It is envisaged to become the world’s largest airport once the planned $33bn expansion to its current five-million-passenger capacity is completed. By 2020, the airport should be able to handle up to 120 million passengers a year.

The expansion project, however, has been facing funding issues. At its current scale, securing funding remains one of the scheme’s biggest challenges, and is considered too large for a single export credit agency (ECA) to underwrite. European and Far Eastern ECAs are understood to be discussing the prospect of teaming up to fund the project with the concerned Dubai authorities.

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