Emirates: In a sweet spot

To understand the sheer might of Emirates Airline, you have to go to its Dubai hub at midnight. Between 10pm and 1am, Emirates’ airliners rain down on Dubai International airport – 90 land during this frenetic three-hour period, flying in mainly from Asia, Europe and elsewhere in the Middle East.

These long-range aircraft – Emirates is the world’s largest operator of the Airbus A380 superjumbo and Boeing 777 jet – are then rapidly prepared for their next flights. About 60 jets roar out of Dubai between 2am and 4am.

The waves of aircraft highlight how Emirates’ Terminal 3 at Dubai International has become a hub for millions of passengers criss-crossing the world. Rush hour happens in the middle of the night as bleary-eyed passengers spend a few hours in the airport’s duty free shopping malls between their incoming and outgoing flights.

Full report here Financial Times 


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