By Andy Sambidge
Dubai carrier's response as UK's third busiest airport gets superjumbo green light.
Emirates Airline has said it has no plans in the short term to launch A380 flights to Stansted Airport in the UK after the airport announced it had won approval for superjumbos to land there.
The Civil Aviation Authority has awarded the UK's third busiest airport Code F status, which allows aircraft such as the Airbus A380 and the new Boeing 747-8 to operate from the airport.
The official go-ahead, which follows months of work to demonstrate the airport's operational readiness to handle these aircraft, opens the door for new airline growth for both passenger and cargo operations, the airport said in a statement.
But Dubai's largest carrier, which in June placed a record $11bn order for 32 superjumbos with Airbus, told Arabian Business it has no plans to operate from Stansted.
An Emirates spokesperson said: "Emirates has no immediate plans to start services to Stansted Airport."
Emirates currently operates eight A380 aircraft, serving London Heathrow, Toronto, Paris, Jeddah, Bangkok, Seoul, Sydney and Auckland.
Emirates Airlines' A380 will also make its return to New York on October 31 while the airline also announced in March the start of A380 services to Beijing from August 1 and Manchester from September.
Stansted said that an immediate benefit on the new approval would be to act as an alternative destination if they are forced to divert as a precaution or if the destination airport is unavailable.
Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Air France, Lufthansa and Emirates are the five airlines currently using the Airbus superjumbo but many more airlines have them on order.
Nick Barton, Stansted's commercial and development director, said: "We're delighted to have won permission to handle the world's biggest Code F aircraft, an achievement that will make Stansted even more attractive to potential carriers - both passengers and cargo."For all the latest UAE news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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