Dubai may shut 90m-passenger airport to boost new hub

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Dubai’s main airport may be shut down to help boost traffic at the new al-Maktoum airfield on the other side of the city, reported Bloomberg.

Operations will cease at the existing hub if running two airports becomes unfeasible, said Paul Griffiths, chief executive at Dubai Airports.

“What we’re trying to work out right away is whether there’ll be an impact on capacity at Dubai International if we continue to operate two airfields,” Bloomberg quoted Griffiths as saying.

“We might end up with a situation where two give you less capacity than if you concentrate all your operations on a single airport. If that turns out to be the case, clearly we won’t be operating two.”

Al-Maktoum terminal has been handling cargo flights since June 2010, but the 220 square-kilometer space located at the Dubai World Central (DWC) has received the green light from the General Civil Aviation Authority to start receiving passengers from late October.

The newly anticipated hub is expected to open for passengers on October 27th, with a capacity of around 200m passengers a year, more than doubling the annual capacity of the current international airport of 90m, according to media reports.

Saudi Arabian Nas Air and Hungarian budget airline Wizz Air are ready to begin servicing passengers from the new airport located at the Jabal Ali area on Dubai’s outskirts.

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