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First passengers arrive at Dubai's new airport, part of its ambitions to dominate air travel
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Sunday, October 27, 2013 11:59 AM EDT
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates
The first passengers have arrived at Dubai's newest airport, part of the United Arab Emirates' plans to become an even bigger air travel destination.
The new airport is known by the code DWC for Dubai World Center.
DWC's development is forecast to cost more than $32 billion. When complete, it will have five runways capable of handling 160 million passengers a year.
The Dubai International Airport is already a major travel hub. It is the fourth busiest airport in the world and served some 57 million passengers last year. That airport, though, is expected to reach its full capacity of 90 million passengers a year by 2020.