Dubai to overtake Heathrow by 2015


By Shehab Al Makahleh, Staff Reporter

Abu Dhabi: Dubai International Airport is currently the second busiest airport in the world and by 2015 it will overtake Heathrow Airport of London, Willie Walsh, CEO of International Airlines Group, said.

Speaking at the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, Walsh added that what makes the GCC region, particularly the UAE, the centre of the aviation industry boom, is the tax-free system.

He pointed out that Gulf airlines are the most progressive worldwide. “Gulf airlines are the most progressive at the international level: Etihad, Emirates and Qatar Airways as they benefit from the tax free systems to improve their performance and to expand further,” remarked Walsh.

“Taxes in the UK inhibit the ability to use our revenues to achieve progress in our aviation industry,” complained Walsh. He added that the taxes paid to the UK government do not actually go into travel industry or towards environmental solutions. More info