A truck system will be established between the two airports to handle Emirates’ belly cargo from its passenger aircraft and vice versa. “It is necessary that the current airport must provide that relief [from busy Dubai Airport to DWC],” he said.
CEO Paul Griffiths told ATW that Dubai Airport has a limit of 100 million passengers. After that, airlines must move to DWC. “At a time when Emirates will handle around 80 million passengers, this would not be easy to move the carrier to the new airport,” Griffiths added.
Both Clark and Griffiths said Emirates could make a complete move to DWC in 2025.
DWC will open for first passenger operations in September. The plan is to create additional terminal infrastructure to handle about 20 million passengers. Emirates also expects to operate some charter services from there.
Emirates operates four Boeing 777Fs and three wet-leased 747Fs; it has six 777Fs on order.