Hubs and spokes have been around for decades, but the map keeps changing as traffic and aircraft performance dictate changes in hub preference. Nowhere is this more obvious than on international routes, where, for example, the Middle East and Singapore have emerged as favored new hubs. They could eclipse such traditional standbys as London and Tokyo.
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.
Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai is now open to passenger traffic and could increase options for those taking flights to Dubai. Potentially the world's largest airport was initially opened to cargo traffic last year but is now accepting helicopter and passenger aircraft with less than 60 passengers, according to operator Dubai Airports.