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Emirates and flydubai to stay at Dubai until 2025: CEO

16-May-2011 1:15 PM

Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said that Emirates is unlikely to move to Al Maktoum International Airport once it is completed, as Emirates requires an airport that’s “big enough to accommodate [the airline] in one go, which is a part of the problem … We can't build the 80-million passenger capacity quick enough to enable them to move in the short term” (Gulf News, 16-May-2011). Mr Griffiths stated Emirates’ move to Al Maktoum Interantional is a “longer-term plan”, which is why Dubai Airports is continuing to invest heavily in Dubai International, which also “gives us time to develop Al Maktoum International to its largest potential”. Mr Griffiths said Emirates’ move to the new airport would likely be around 2025. flydubai is also likely to stay at Dubai International until a similar date.