Emirates announces plans to fly 70 million passengers in 2020

Emirates announces plans to fly 70 million passengers in 2020

Emirates Airlines will have 250 aircrafts by 2020 and fly 70 million passengers that year.


  • Emirates Airlines plans to fly 70 million passengers in 2020
  • It hopes to become the largest airline by international passenger traffic
  • It currently operates 3,200 flights per week to 135 destinations

Emirates Airlines has announced its plans to expand over the next seven years, hoping to fly 70 million passengers in 2020 alone.

Tim Clark, Emirates Airline President, revealed the firm will have more than 250 aircrafts by 2020 in a presentation he made to delegates of Bureau International des Expositions last week.

“It will make us the largest airline on the planet by international passenger traffic,” he stated.

Mr Clark emphasised the airline’s goal of boosting tourism in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which will see apartments in Dubai fill up quickly with eager holidaymakers. He stated that Dubai’s strategic location means the airline can serve nearly 90% of the world’s population with flights.

This is “why Dubai has invested over the years to develop its infrastructure for international commerce and tourism”.

Emirates also noted the UAE city is such an important location for tourism, as more than a third of the world’s population lives within a four-hour flight of Dubai.

The airline currently operates 3,200 flights per week across the globe to 135 destinations, having added 20 new locations to its network since January 2012.

Dubai International Airport is also preparing for a growth in the city’s tourist industry, seeing international passenger numbers continue to grow exponentially. Between 2005 and 2010, the number of foreign visitors passing through the travel hub rose from 24.8 million to 47.2 million.

In 2012, the airport saw 57 million passengers use its services from 225 destinations and, between January and October 2013, 49,379,165 people have already travelled through Dubai International Airport. 

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