Date announced for Emirates Airlines’ move to DWC
Dubai's Emirates airline will move its base from Dubai International Airport (DXB) to Al Maktoum International airport at Dubai World Central (DWC) by 2025, a top government official said during the Dubai Investment Forum.
Al Maktoum International is the second-largest airport in Dubai. It opened to passenger traffic in October 2013 and is currently served by around 17 passenger airlines and 34 cargo operators.
Emirates Airlines confirmed to LogisticsMiddleEast.com last month that they were planning to move the entire airline to the new airport, but an official date was not made public at the time.
This comes after Emirates’ low-cost subsidiary, flydubai confirmed earlier this year that it would shift operations to the new airport.
The budget carrier plans to move to Al Maktoum next year. Al Maktoum International airport is part of Dubai South (previously branded as Dubai World Central), which will be the world's largest airport once completed.
Dubai Aviation City Corporation executive chairman Khalifa Al Zaffin said at the Dubai Investment Forum in Dubai that Emirates Airlines would begin to move its operations to Al Maktoum in 2025.
Emirates Airlines was reluctant to confirm the official date of the move, but a spokesperson said that the airline did indeed plan to shift operations “by the middle of the next decade”.
Capacity at Al Maktoum is set to increase to around 25 million passengers a year by the end of 2017 when flydubai moves there, up from five million today.
The next stage of expansion will be to increase capacity enough that Emirates Airline is able to use the airport. That will require a capacity of 120 million passengers a year according to officials.
Flydubai's move to DWC next year will benefit Emirates airline in terms of more space as the Dubai International Airport is facing some congestion and delays in departure.
Dubai International is the world's busiest airport for international passengers.