Emirates To Move To New Dubai Airport After 2020


By Reuters http://gulfbusiness.com

Dubai’s flagship airline Emirates is expected to move all of its operations to the emirate’s new Al Maktoum International Airport after 2020, a senior executive at Al Maktoum said on Tuesday.

Big international carriers, including Emirates, have so far not indicated any plans to move to the new airport, which officially launched passenger services in October last year.

“Emirates have to move to the new airport at some point. They will move some time after 2020, when we have the capacity to accommodate them,” Khalifa Al Zaffin, executive chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corp, which built the Dubai World Central logistics complex housing the new airport, told reporters.

Zaffin, speaking on the sidelines of a conference organised by business information firm MEED, added that phase one of the expansion of Al Maktoum would be completed by 2020, when the airport would be able to handle 130 million passengers. More info