Emirates Airlines announced this week its decision to delay its move to the new Al Maktoum International Airport near Jebel Ali by up to 10 years.
The carrier is currently based at Dubai International Airport and had initially planned to move to the new airport between 2018 and 2020 to accommodate its growing fleet.
However, Emirates President Tim Clark told The National on Tuesday that the carrier now aimed to move to the new airport between 2022 and 2030.
“We have refocused here [at Dubai International],” he said.
“With a certain amount of investment here, you can get a lot more out of this airport.”
The decision is speculated to have been prompted by Dubai Airports’ new infrastructure at Dubai International which includes a new US$1.17 billion Concourse 3 which will cater solely to Emirates’ A380s when it opens in 2012.
The improvements are aimed at boosting capacity up to 90 million passengers a year and will mean that Emirates won’t have to find more space for its fleet in a hurry.
But Al Maktoum will go ahead with its plans to open on June 27 this year, opening its cargo terminal first with an initial capacity of 250,000 tons a year according to Bloomberg.