Dubai's Al Maktoum International Airport to commence operations on 27-Jun-2010
Dubai Airports announced plans to commence cargo operations at the upcoming Al Maktoum International Airport (AMIA) from 27-Jun-2010 (Emirates Business 24/7, 24-Feb-2010). Dubai Airports CEO, Paul Griffiths, stated the operator is in advanced talks with airlines regarding both passenger and cargo operations from AMIA. Capacity at AMIA will increase to 160 million passengers and 12 million tonnes of cargo p/a with the completion of Phase II, targeted for 2020, with five runways. Dubai Airports’ only new airline for 2010 so far is China Eastern Airlines. The operator is also introducing IATA Level 3 Coordination from Apr-2010 to assist in the coordination of capacity and slots.
Dubai Airports: “What we are going to be doing is that with the opening of the real landmark of Dubai World Central in Jun-2010, we will be signalling the fact that Dubai Airports will now be a two-airport company and Dubai will be a two-airport city. So as growth starts to mature gradually over the years, we will start to see an impact across the system, of two airports rather than being focused on just one. We are expecting a gradual build-up for DWC because obviously, the main point at DWC is to work towards. Projections for growth over the next ten years show that we will exceed that number quite comfortably. We could end up with 15 million more passengers than we can accommodate in terms of capacity,” Paul Griffiths, CEO. Source: Emirates Business 24/7, 24-Feb-2010.