By Staff www.emirates247.com
Flydubai will shift operations to Al Maktoum International Airport in Jebel Ali, according to Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Department of Civil Aviation and Chairman and Chief Executive Emirates Airline and Group.
The move aims to reduce traffic congestion at Dubai Airport following increasing traffic and growth of fleets, reported ‘Al Khaleej’.
Sheikh Ahmed confirmed, the first phase of the Al Maktoum Airport is going well and there is growth in freight traffic month after month. “Apart from flydubai, there are plans to transfer business aviation to Al Maktoum Airport,” he added.
Emirates is planning to start operations to new destinations such as in China, India, Russia and the Americas. However, he ruled out the idea of acquisition of other companies.
“The restriction on some new destinations in Germany and Canada will not hinder growth of the airlines… there are new plans in America which are much larger than those of Canada. Negotiations are on… it’s just a matter of time.”
Meanwhile, he said, “Concourse 3, scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2013, will be the largest in the world and include 20 parking lots for A380s.
There is an ongoing process to regulate airspace as traffic of Emirates airlines continues to grow. This also means increased fuel consumption and, therefore, more operating expenses, he added.
“Boeing 787 aircraft is very successful and excellent, but it is small for us and so we focus on 777R. The latest talk is 9777. The company will receive 72 A380 aircraft in the next five years of which 18 will be delivered next year,” he added.
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