Emirates: Goodbye DXB, hello Al Maktoum airport

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At the Dubai International Airport.

Emirates has confirmed that it is moving all its operations from Dubai International Airport (DXB) to Al Maktoum International Airport, which is set to become the world’s busiest airport in Jebel Ali.

At the recently concluded Arabian Travel Market in Dubai, Emirates Chairman and CEO Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum said that the airline will move all operations once construction of the airport is completed.

“It will happen in one go. I think you will wake up one day with the terminal open and tested, and you will see your Emirates flights from Al Maktoum (International Airport),” Sheikh Ahmed said. He added that the Dubai Government will then decide what to do with the existing terminal at DXB.

When is it happening?

No official date has yet been announced, but Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths previously revealed that the project wouldn’t be completed until “way into the 2050s”. While at the recent ATM Dubai, Sheikh Ahmed projected a shorter timeline, saying he is expecting airport construction to be done within “8 to 10 years”.

The Dubai Government previously announced a $35-billion plan to expand operations at Al Maktoum International Airport, also known as DWC. The airport will be five times the size of the current Dubai International Airport and can accommodate up to 260 million passengers, five passenger terminal buildings and 400 aircraft gates.

Built south of the city in Jebel Ali, the new airport opened on June 27, 2010 for cargo operations followed by passenger flights in October 2013. ICA/Expat Media


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