Cargo operations at Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai, UAE, began on 28 June 2010, marking the completion of the first phase of the Dubai World Central (DWC) airport project.
Once completed, it will be the world’s largest airport with five runways, four terminal buildings and a capacity for 160 million passengers and 12 million tonnes of cargo.
The airport will initially operate with one A380-capable runway, 64 remote stands and one cargo terminal with an annual cargo capacity of 250,000t.
The building will also include a passenger terminal with the capacity to accommodate five million passengers each year as part of the first phase.
The airport will launch its passenger terminal in March 2011 as part of the AED21.2bn ($33bn) urban development programme, according to gulfnews.com.