By Andy Sambidge
Senior official also says Emirates set to make Al Maktoum airport move in around 2020.
Dubai Airports has started hiring key staff to manage the first phase of the new Dubai World Central-Al Maktoum International (DWC-AMI), it was reported on Tuesday.
The airport operator has set up a "small transition team" to start operations at the Jebel Ali airport, which are expected to begin in June 2010.
"Yes, we've started hiring people for the new airport. We have set up a small transition team to start operations at the airport and we will add more people as we go by. In the meantime, we are also internally moving people and promoting some who have done well in their existing role," said Paul Griffiths, chief executive in comments published by UAE daily Gulf News.
The boss at Dubai Airports, which will operate both airports in Dubai, also said passenger traffic was expected to pick up from October from the new temporary terminal that will have a capacity of handling five million passengers per year.
Griffiths also told the paper that Emirates Airline could shift its hub to DWC-AMI in around 2020, when Dubai's new airport was capable of handling the air traffic.
Emirates will not run operations at both the airports, confirmed Griffiths, and would make the move once five runways, two terminals and the concourses were operational.