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FlyDubai, Emirates SkyCargo Hold Off on Al Maktoum Shift

March 27, 2012

FlyDubai and Emirates airline’s cargo unit said they’ll wait until they need more capacity before moving operations to Dubai World Central’s new Al Maktoum International Airport scheduled for completion in 2013.

“We are definitely considering it for the future,” FlyDubai, the Persian Gulf emirate’s low-cost carrier, said today in an e-mailed statement. At the same time, runway capacity growth at the existing Dubai International Airport will allow “continued route network expansion in the years ahead.”

Mohsen Ahmad, director of operation development at the sheikhdom’s Dubai World Central logistics complex, said in an interview today that FlyDubai will shift some flights to Al Maktoum when the terminal opens for passenger flights by early 2013. Emirates, the world’s largest airline by international traffic, will also shift its freight operations there, he said.

Emirates SkyCargo “has not finalized any plans to move to another airport” from Dubai International, the carrier said in a statement today. “The facilities at Dubai World Central are impressive and, as our operations grow beyond the current capabilities at Cargo Mega Terminal, we are obviously looking at DWC as a possible alternative.”

Dubai World Central is being designed as a trucking and air-transport hub centered on Al Maktoum, which is being developed by Dubai Airports Co., with links to nearby rail and sea terminals. Paul Griffiths, chief executive officer of Dubai Airports, said in a phone interview that there are no current plans to shift either Emirates SkyCargo or FlyDubai operations.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tamara Walid in Abu Dhabi at twalid@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Claudia Maedler at cmaedler@bloomberg.net


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