Top firms plan Dubai World Central move
Dubai, March 16, 2014
A number of business aviation players have started shifting their base to the new Al Maktoum International Airport (AMIA) at Dubai World Central (DWC) ahead of the closure of Dubai International Airport’s runways for refurbishment work.
The runways at the DIA, the world's second busiest international hub, will be shut down for 80 days starting from May 1.
“DWC will play a significant role in absorbing redirected flights during the closure of the two runways at Dubai International. We have already seen a number of business aviation operators move their operations to AMIA and we expect this to trend to continue in the months to come especially with the restrictions on business and private aircraft operations during the closure," remarked Holger Ostheimer, the general manager of DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF).
It is a joint venture between UAE business conglomerate Al-Futtaim and DC Aviation, the largest operator of business jets in Germany.
According to him, DCAF's 6,500 sq m purpose-built integrated hangar facility has already welcomed numerous business jet operators ahead of the runway closure.
“As the only integrated business aviation facility at DWC, the hangar has only a few remaining hangarization spaces left for business jet operators looking to base their assets at DWC. Our facility offers the shortest distance from drop-off to aircraft steps, 24/7 on-site immigration, customs, security facilities and minimal taxiing all of which contribute to providing the ultimate convenience and privacy to our VIP guests,” remarked Ostheimer.
The DCAF hangar has enough space to accommodate four ACJ or BBJ type aircraft of the heavy business jet category as well as two ultra-long range business jets such as the Falcon 7X, Bombardier Global Express, or Gulfstream G550, he noted.
According to Ostheimer, the 1,300 sq m of exclusive lounge area is designed to host local, regional and international VVIP customers and offers the highest levels of comfort and privacy, shower areas, a conference room, covered parking and an exclusive contemporary finish.
Customers will benefit from a dedicated ramp parking area spanning over 7,700 sq m, on-site security processing facilities and minimal distance between drop-off and the aircraft steps.
At its facility, DCAF offers aircraft management, VIP aircraft and passenger handling, maintenance as well as business jet charter, he added.-TradeArabia News Service