DXB to remain as Emirates airline's hub for the next decade

Dubai Airports is 'currently reviewing its long term master plan' for Dubai World Central (DWC)
Sir Tim Clark.
Sir Tim Clark.

Dubai’s Emirates airline plans to maintain operations at Dubai International airport for another 10 years, according to president Sir Tim Clark, reported sister tile Arabian Business, as Dubai Airports reviews the $36 billion master plan to transform Dubai World Central into the world’s biggest airport.

Last week, Bloomberg reported that construction activity at the airport has been stopped and finances for expansion frozen, citing anonymous sources close to the project. In October, the completion date of the first phase of the airport was pushed back to 2030.

At a briefing in London, Clark said he believes that Dubai International Airport (DXB) could potentially have a capacity of 115 million passengers, up from 90 million last year.

Transferring other airlines to existing facilities at Al Maktoum could give Emirates and Flydubai a chance to expand at DXB, he added.

DWC, which opened in 2013, currently serves 11 passenger airlines, and while it saw annual capacity increase to 26.5 million last year, total passengers totalled 900,000. After the completion of the first phase of expansion, its capacity was due to increase to 130 million, according to an October update.

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