Dubai Confirmed as Top A380 Hub

As expected, Dubai International Airport, home of the world’s largest A380 fleet, handled more A380 operations that anywhere else in 2012.
Published schedule data for last year shows the airport had 7,259 A380 scheduled flights
to 28 destinations, with all but 88 of those flights operated by Emirates airline, the world’s biggest operator of the double-decker aircraft.
Taking second spot during 2012 with 6,653 A380 scheduled operations to 19 destinations was Singapore Changi.  London Heathrow holds third position with 3,697 flights to six destinations followed by Frankfurt with 3,071 A380 flights to 12 destinations and Sydney with 2,697 flights to eight destinations.  Heathrow’s third place is notable as it doesn’t
yet have any based A380s, thereby making it the busiest amongst those without home based examples of the giant Airbus.  British Airways takes delivery of its first aircraft later this year.
Regarding Dubai’s statistics, Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports commented: “The
opening of Concourse A earlier this year was a US$3 billion validation of our intention to be the world’s premiere A380 hub.  “This new facility is purpose built for the aircraft with two-tiered gates facilitating boarding directly from the first and business class lounges.”
Rounding out the top ten during 2012 were Paris Charles de Gaulle (2,613 scheduled flights to 11 destinations), Hong Kong International (2,145 scheduled flights to nine destinations), Los Angeles (2,048 scheduled flights to seven destinations), New York JFK (2,004 scheduled flights to six destinations) and Melbourne (1,710 scheduled flights to seven destinations).
“Based on Emirates’ order book, the new Qantas A380 operation and our $7.8 billion expansion plan, Dubai International is well placed to continue to hold the top position for A380 operations in 2013 and beyond,” Mr Griffiths added.