Lufthansa rules out move to DWC, for now

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Lufthansa's view on DWC
Lufthansa’s view on DWC

Lufthansa will not be moving to Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) in 2014 or 2015 because it lacks necessary infrastructure, an executive at the German airline has said, as reported in Gulf News.

“We have no plans to move to the new airport. I don’t see the infrastructure yet being ready for our wide body [aircraft],” Carsten Schaeffer, vice president of sales and services for Southeast Europe, Africa and Middle East/Pakistan mentioned at a media briefing in Dubai.

The new airport currently has three airlines — Wizz Air, Jazeera Airways and Gulf Air — flying from the airport. Qatar Airways will launch services in March. A Dubai Airports spokesperson stated to Gulf News that it understands and respects the need for airlines to make decisions based on their commercial and operational preferences.

Earlier this week Mohammad Abdullah Ahli, Director General of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCA) said that a set of European airlines are ready to begin operations at Al Maktoum International next year. He would not, however, disclose their names.
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