Dubai International to become low cost carrier hub: executive


By Alexander Cornwell Staff Reporter

Dubai: Dubai International will be a low cost carrier airport with flydubai as its anchor tenant when Emirates moves in 2024 to Al maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC), said a Dubai aviation industry executive.

Khalifa Al Zafein, Executive Chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation (DACC), said flydubai will split its operations between Al Maktoum International and Dubai International over the next decade. The Dubai discount carrier will then move all operations back to Dubai International to make room for Emirates, he said.

Al Zafein’s comments, which came on the sidelines of the Airport Show on Sunday, confirm a report by Bloomberg last week quoting a leaked study that recommended Emirates shift its hub to Al Maktoum International in 2024.

A flydubai spokesperson, however, said that it will be the government’s decision on where the airline operates from, and added that nothing has been finalised. More info