Emirates is expecting to become the largest airline in 2020 by international traffic.
It is currently the largest operator of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s, with an order for 53 and 64 more of each vehicle respectively.
Emirates President Tim Clark disclosed the carrier’s growth plans Tuesday before delegates of the Bureau International des Expositions, who were visiting the UAE to make their final decision on the host city for the World Expo 2020.
Work is also underway at Dubai International Airport on a Concourse D to expand handling capability for the other airlines operating international flights. It is due for completion in 2015.
Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central, which started freighter operations in June 2013, will welcome its first passenger flights Sunday. By the mid-2020s, the airport will have the capacity to handle 160 million passengers and 12 million tons of cargo.