Dubai South to be new home of flydubai budget airline
Flydubai is planning to make Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) its new hub, the budget airline’s head has announced.
Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation, chairman and CEO of Emirates airline and Group and chairman of flydubai, this week confirmed what has been widely rumoured.
Ahmad confirmed the airline would be moved to DWC from its current base at Dubai International’s Terminal 2, but did not say when this would be completed.
“We’re slowly moving flydubai to that side,” he told reporters.
DWC, which was recently re-branded as Dubai South, is Dubai’s future mega-hub with a slated capacity to one day handle as many as 240 million passengers a year.
It is currently capable of handling up to 7 million passengers a year, around the same number that flydubai currently carries.
The airline, which carries air freight in bellyhold capacity and collects it through Dubai International’s Cargo Terminal 3, will utilise Dubai South’s growing air freight operations to continue to serve the region’s air cargo sector.