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Emirates airline to remain at DXB for next decade amid DWC review

Dubai Airports is 'currently reviewing its long term master plan' for DWC

Emirates airline to remain at DXB for next decade amid DWC review
Transferring other airlines to existing facilities at Al Maktoum could give Emirates and Flydubai a chance to expand at DXB, said Sir Tim Clark

Dubai’s Emirates airline plans to stay maintain operations at its hub at Dubai International airport for another 10 years, according to president Sir Tim Clark, 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.

Additionally, Clark said that plans for DWC – which is designed to serve as many as 250 million passengers – must be reviewed that a “Jurassic” hub isn’t created in an age in which most airport processes, such as baggage processing and security, are done remotely or with little physical infrastructure.

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.

Responding to a query from Arabian Business, a Dubai Airports spokesperson said that “Dubai Airports is currently reviewing its long term master plan to ensure infrastructure development takes full advantage of emerging technologies, responds to consumer trends and preferences and optimizes investment to grow its already significant contributions to Dubai’s economy.

“The exact timelines and details of next steps are not as yet finalised,” the spokesperson added.

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