The airline shrugs off the "largest" tag, most likely because it would rather be the smartest -- which it is right now.
Emirates has said it expects to fly 70 million passengers in 2020, and the airline together with its partners in Dubai are already progressing on plans to ensure the right infrastructure is in place to support and capitalise on this growth.
These plans were unveiled by Emirates Airline president Tim Clark yesterday at a presentation to delegates of Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), who were visiting the UAE to make their final decision on the host city for the World Expo 2020. Dubai is a candidate city.
“By 2020, we will have more than 250 aircraft serving some 70 million passengers across six continents. It will make us the largest airline on the planet by international passenger traffic,” said Clark.
“However, being the biggest airline in the world is not really the end goal. Our aim has always been to connect travellers from around the world to Dubai, and other destinations with just a single stop via our hub.”
Clark added that the strategic location of Dubai made it possible for the carrier to serve almost 90% of the world’s population with non-stop flights.
“Our location is a key advantage,” he continued.
“The leaders of Dubai recognised this from the onset, and that is why Emirates is investing in the most advanced long-haul aircraft, and why Dubai has invested over the years to develop its infrastructure for international commerce and tourism.”
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