DUBAI Feb 10 Dubai's Emirates flagship airline
plans to ground 19 or 20 planes from May because of
runway construction work at Dubai International Airport, the
airline's president Tim Clark said on Monday.
That number of planes represents roughly 10 percent of the
airline's fleet of about 200 planes. The work is expected to be
finished by July 20, Clark told reporters.
"It'll have an impact on the revenue. We will have to learn
how to manage this," he said without elaborating.
Passenger flows through the airport, which is an important
source of economic growth for Dubai, jumped 15.2 percent to a
record 66.4 million people in 2013. The impact of the runway
work on Emirates suggests growth in traffic may temporarily