Emirates may delay relocation to Al-Maktoum until 2024

May 7, 2014 9:44 am

A Dubai government-sponsored strategy study has recommended Emirates Airline to not be asked to relocate to the emirate’s new superhub until 2024, to avoid disruption to the carrier’s growth as it takes delivery of the world’s biggest fleet of wide-body jets, Bloomberg has reported. Al-Maktoum airport, which opened in October and is targeting a capacity of 228 million passengers at a cost of Dhs156.8b ($43bn), should instead become an interim base for local low-cost carrier FlyDubai, the study said. According to the plan, FlyDubai would transfer to Al-Maktoum from Dubai International airport in 2015, before making the switch in reverse in a decade’s time, the document suggests. The masterplan is still under discussion and has yet to be approved, a Dubai Airports spokesman said.