The Emirates airline will delay its relocation to Al-Maktoum International Airport by up to 10 years, causing a further setback to the much-delayed airport.
Emirates president Tim Clark said the airline will now move to the new airport between 2022 and 2030, when it had initially planned to relocate between 2018 and 2020.
“We have refocused here [at Dubai International Airport]”, Clark the UAE daily The National.
“With a certain amount of investment, you can get a lot more out of this airport.”
Emirates’ decision was allegedly prompted by Dubai International’s new infrastructure, which will include a new $1.2BN Concourse 3 dedicated solely to Emirates’ A380s when it opens in 2012.
The move is a huge blow to the Al Maktoum International, which will dedicate one of its three passenger terminals to the expanding airline.
The $10BN airport will eventually have a capacity of 160M passengers a year, making it the largest airport in the world. It was initially expected to be fully built-out and operational by 2017, but the recession has pushed completion date back to 2022.