By Alexander Corwnell, Staff Reporter www.gulfnews.com
Dubai: The location of Dubai’s newest airport Al Maktoum International along the Dubai-Abu Dhabi corridor could be poised to directly compete with Etihad and Abu Dhabi customers flying into the United Arab Emirates.
While the new airport is not set to compete on hub status with Abu Dhabi in the immediate future – it currently has only three airlines locked in to fly to two destinations in the Gulf and four in Central and Eastern Europe – it is certainly set to be a contender.
“I doubt that it [Al Maktoum International will cannibalise any traffic from Abu Dhabi International in the short term,” Simon Elsegood, Senior Analyst (Middle East & Africa) at Capa – Centre for Aviation said.
Once completed though the airport will be a super aviation hub with a capacity of at least 160 million passengers per year but reports have said it could be increased to 200 million.
In the long-term, Dubai’s future primary airport could entice airlines over Abu Dhabi as their Middle East/UAE destination because of its easier access to slots and lower congestions, Simon Elsegood, Senior Analyst (Middle East & Africa) at Capa – Centre for Aviation said.
Improving road connectivity could appease travellers in the Dubai end of Abu Dhabi who may elect to travel from the new airport located just over the border. More info