Emirates eyes 60 million passengers in current year


By Abdul Basit  www.khaleejtimes.com

Emirates, world’s fastest growing airline, has recorded more than 9 per cent year-on-year growth in passenger numbers for financial year 2013-14 and targets 40 new destinations in near future, according to its top official.

The Dubai-based carrier carried 43 million passengers during the financial year closed on March 30, 2014, compared to 39.4 million passengers in the previous financial year.

“We are targeting 60 million passengers for the current financial year (2014-15) and 70 million [passengers] by 2020,” Emirates divisional senior vice-president for Commercial Operations Shaikh Majid Al Mualla told Khaleej Times on the sidelines of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) news conference on Sunday.

Without giving any time frame, Al Mualla said: “We have over 40 [new] destinations on our wish list. Most probably we will cross 12 new destination mark this year.” With Taipei, Kiev and Boston launched so far in 2014, Emirates is now serving 142 destinations in 80 countries.

“Later this year, we start flights to Abuja and Kano in Nigeria, Chicago and Oslo. Whenever we will see opportunity we will connect,” he added. More info