Gulf Air, Bahrain’s national carrier, today launched its first flight to the new Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central (DWC), becoming the first full service carrier to commence operations to the new airport. GF578 took off from Bahrain International Airport at 0930 landing in Al Maktoum International Airport at 1145, carrying Gulf Air delegations and members of the media from the Middle East.
“We are delighted to be strengthening Gulf Air’s Middle East network, which remains one of the largest to date. Adding Al Maktoum International Airport to our route network supplements the airline’s offering, increasing passenger convenience – which is our ultimate goal.” Captain Nasser Al Salmi, Chief Operations Officer commented at the event.
Gulf Air’s new daily evening service will attract those travellers who value the new airport’s convenience and proximity to new Dubai. The airport’s is located close to the holiday, residential and business developments of Arabian Ranches, Dubai Marina, Dubai Media City and Palm Jumeirah, making it an attractive, alternative, time-saving travel proposition for passengers located in or travelling to these areas.
Furthermore, the addition of Al Maktoum International provides passengers with greater travel options and seamless connections through Bahrain to over 30 destinations, maximizing passenger convenience.
Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International Airport (IATA: DWC, ICAO: OMDW) is the official name of a major airport in Jebel Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates that opened on 27 June 2010. Previous working names have included “Jebel Ali International Airport”, “Jebel Ali Airport City”, and “Dubai World Central International Airport”. It has been named after the late Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the former ruler of Dubai. It will be the main part of Dubai World Central, a planned residential, commercial and logistics complex scheme. World Central is the world’s first truly integrated logistics platform, with most transport modes, logistics and value-added services, including manufacturing and assembly, in a single free economic zone. The new airport will cover an area of 55,000 acres (223 km2). The airport is referred to as “the world’s first purpose-built aerotropolis”, with a projected annual capacity of 160 million passengers and 12 million tons of freight.
The new service is an addition to the airline’s current operation of 51 flights per week (seven daily flights on Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri and eight daily flights on Thur and Sat) into Dubai International. Gulf Air will be operating its new A320 aircraft on all of it its flights between Bahrain International Airport and Al Maktoum International. The aircraft are equipped with the latest in-flight entertainment technology.