DWC Facts

Our mission is to create world-leading airports to enhance the prosperity and global standing of Dubai

Phase 1 of DWC includes:


  • A passenger terminal with a capacity of seven million passengers per annum
  • A cargo terminal building with a capacity of 250,000 tonnes per annum (expandable to 600,000).
  • Phase 1 of airport was opened for cargo in June 2010 for cargo operation.
  • DWC’s passenger terminal building was opened in October 2013. The new facility offers full retail as well as food and beverage amenities. It is serviced by one A380 capable runway, 64 remote aircraft stands and has capacity for up to 7 million passengers per year.
  • Wizz Air was DWC’s launch airline. Kuwait-based Jazeera Airways and Gulf Air commenced flights from DWC later in 2013 and Qatar commenced double-daily services on March 1, 2014.

Once completed in the mid-2020s:

  • DWC will have up to four passenger terminals, and will accommodate up to 160 million passengers a year.
  • It will have a final cargo capacity of 12 million tonnes per annum.
  • The airport will have a total of five parallel runways, 4.5km long, each separated by a minimum of 800m.
  • The central terminal area (of the main terminal) will incorporate basements, which will house a fully automated baggage handling system capable of handling around 240 million bags per annum.
  • DWC is designed to support aviation, tourism and logistics well into the future. The development is the region’s first integrated, multi-modal transportation platform connecting air, sea and land. Located in the vicinity of the Jebel Ali Port and Free Zone, DWC will make air-sea connectivity achievable in four hours.

Phase 1 of DWC includes:


  • 2012: 209,209 tonnes, Change: -4.5 per cent
  • 2011: 219,092 tonnes


Aircraft Movements


DWC Passenger volumes

  • 27 October to 31 December 2013: 65,197