Emirates to ground planes during Dubai Int'l revamp

Dubai airline says it will ground up to 20 aircraft from May while work takes place on runway

Dubai's Emirates flagship airline plans to ground 19 or 20 planes from May because of runway construction work at Dubai International Airport, the airline's president Tim Clark said on Monday.

That number of planes represents roughly 10 percent of the airline's fleet of about 200 planes. The work is expected to be finished by July 20, Clark told reporters.

"It'll have an impact on the revenue. We will have to learn how to manage this," he said without elaborating.

Passenger flows through the airport, which is an important source of economic growth for Dubai, jumped 15.2 percent to a record 66.4 million people in 2013. The impact of the runway work on Emirates suggests growth in traffic may temporarily slow.

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Posted by: Uzair Siddiqi

Would it not be logical to temporarily shift the cancelled flights to Al Makhtoum? At least that way money will still be coming in for the airline!

Posted by: Telcoguy

An airport on the other side of Dubai may have some impact on the ability to connect flights. You may not have realized but Emirates model is a hub-and-spoke, not one where most of the passengers have Dubai as either origin or destination

Posted by: Buddy

This is really bad for Emirates, and frankly I found this unbelieveble that flights need to be canceled.

Should maintenance on this airport will have that much effect to the national carrier for so long? This would also imply that using the current base for Emirates operations is quiet fragile; I would as CEO be bery concerned on what closing a runway for such an extended time can do to the fastest growing airline in the world.

There is a huge new airport on the other side of Dubai, why not using that for some flights?

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