DC Aviation Al-Futtaim expects DWC pick-up as Dubai International closes runways


Holger Ostheimer

DC Aviation Al-Futtaim is predicting a further business aviation shift from Dubai International to Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International Airport.
Holger Ostheimer

Holger Ostheimer, general manager of DC Aviation Al-Futtaim expects more business aviation activity at Dubai World Central.

DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF) expects to see a spike in activity at its purpose-built private jet facility at Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International Airport, as Dubai International Airport closes two of its runways for refurbishment, starting in May 2014 and lasting for 80 days.

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DCAF has already welcomed multiple business jet operators ahead of the Dubai International runway closure at its 6,500 sq metre integrated hangar facility

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Holger Ostheimer, general manager of DC Aviation Al-Futtaim, said: “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 DWC 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.”

“As the only integrated business aviation facility at DWC, the hangar has only a few remaining hangarisation spaces left for business jet operators looking to base their assets at DWC,” added Ostheimer. “Our facility offers the shortest distance from drop-off to aircraft steps, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, on-site immigration, customs, security facilities and minimal taxiing, all of which contribute to providing the ultimate convenience and privacy to our VIP guests.”

The DCAF hangar has enough space to accommodate four ACJ or BBJ type aircraft, as well as two ultra-long range business jets, such as the Falcon 7X, Bombardier Global Express or Gulfstream G550.

The facility also has a lounge area, which is designed to host local, regional and international VIP customers, with shower areas, a conference room and covered parking. DCAF’s  business jet charter fleet ranges from the Bombardier Learjet 40 to the 46-seater Airbus ACJ319