Emirates' plans

Emirates expects to fly 70 million passengers in 2020, and the airline and its partners in Dubai are progressing on plans to ensure the right infrastructure are in place to support and capitalise on this growth.

The airline will start services to Sialkot on Nov 5 and Kabul on Dec 4.

Currently the largest operator of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s, it has an order book for 53 and 64 more of each aircraft type respectively. By 2020, it will have over 250 aircraft in its fleet.

In 2020, Dubai expects to welcome over 20 million visitors and airport infrastructure has been gearing up to meet this demand.

It recently opened a new Concourse A for Emirates' A380 operations. Emirates is the only airline that operates an A380 dedicated terminal.

Meanwhile, work is underway at Dubai International airport (above) to expand handling capability for other airlines operating international flights, due for completion in 2015.

Emirates is also constructing a new home for its freighter operations at Dubai World Central with a cargo terminal and supporting infrastructure, scheduled for completion in May 2014. By the mid-2020s, Al Maktoum International Airport will have the capacity to handle 160 million passengers and 12 million tonnes of cargo.

This article was published by the Special Projects Unit, Marketing Division, SPH.