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First scheduled flight lands at new Dubai airport

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A new airport in Dubai that aims to become the world’s busiest is being served by a carrier operating regularly scheduled flights, for the first time since the hub’s opening.

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Cargo flight operator Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings says a twice-weekly Boeing 747-400 freighter service it operates for customer Panalpina Group began operating at Dubai World Central-Al Maktoum International last week.

Dubai Airports confirmed Tuesday that it is the first scheduled cargo airline to operate out of the facility, which has seen little business since it opened in June.

The sheikdom hopes the airport will eventually have five runways handling up to 160 million passengers and 12 million tons of freight each year. Passenger flights are expected to begin next year.