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Dubai World Central first runway close to completion

Construction of the first runway of Dubai World Central International Airport (JXB) – scheduled to be the world’s largest airport – is on target for completion in October 2007. “Over 70% of JXB’s first…

Construction of the first runway of Dubai World Central International Airport (JXB) – scheduled to be the world’s largest airport – is on target for completion in October 2007. “Over 70% of JXB’s first four and a half kilometre CAT III runway is complete with the target month for completion set for October 2007,” said HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Aviation Corporation – Dubai World Central (DWC), Government of Dubai.



“This first runway – of a final six – will enable JXB to commence operations in mid-2008 as the world’s largest passenger and freighter airport and cargo hub.”



“The progress, achieved in just over a year, is a reflection of Dubai government’s commitment to the region’s burgeoning aviation infrastructure development. With US$ 82 billion earmarked for this growth in Dubai, the emirate is leading the way across the Middle East, African and South Asian markets, part of a global aviation market which will be worth US$ 2.6 trillion by 2025,” continued Sheikh Ahmed.



With the gathering of many airport suppliers from these markets at the Airport Show currently underway at the Airport Expo Dubai, JXB, which is a Greenfield development, has grabbed the spotlight as trade visitors and exhibitors alike are updated about the project’s progress.



JXB is at the core of the massive 140 square kilometre Dubai World Central (DWC) urban aviation community being built in Jebel Ali just 40 kilometres from Dubai city centre. Al Nabooda Contracting Company, which is building the runway – labelled Runway 12/30 – is also working on three parallel taxiways and associated rapid exits – 40% complete so far, the airside road network and infrastructure services such as airfield lighting, power, water, fire fighting and drainage network.



The US$8.1 billion JXB airport will have a capacity to handle between 120-150 million passengers and 12 million tons of cargo annually upon completion.

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