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Smallest Airport In Emirates' Network?

Sun Dec 02, 2012 5:35 pm

Hi all,

watching the Emirates 777-300 depart from Newcastle today I was wondering which is the smallest airport the airline is currently flying to. I know that there is a number of different factors that can be used for the comparison but perhaps we can use the runway length and the number of passengers per year for the comparison?

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RE: Smallest Airport In Emirates' Network?

Sun Dec 02, 2012 5:38 pm

Theres a high chance that airport might be one of the 12-14 destinations that EK serves in India.
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RE: Smallest Airport In Emirates' Network?

Sun Dec 02, 2012 5:44 pm

By number of pax Dar es Salaam, Entebbe Lusaka, Harare, Erbil, Basra must be close to the botton.

Runway wise DAR, EBB, HRE, LUn are good runways, also Basra and Erbil are pretty long.

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RE: Smallest Airport In Emirates' Network?

Sun Dec 02, 2012 6:18 pm

In the United States, I would say SEA is the smallest destination.
 
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RE: Smallest Airport In Emirates' Network?

Sun Dec 02, 2012 7:04 pm

LCA would be a good guess.

Quoting wedgetail737 (Reply 3):
In the United States, I would say SEA is the smallest destination.

Yes, and in Germany it's DUS. Which has sod all to do with the question at hand either.
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RE: Smallest Airport In Emirates' Network?

Sun Dec 02, 2012 7:09 pm

Maybe CHC?

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RE: Smallest Airport In Emirates' Network?

Sun Dec 02, 2012 7:12 pm

Quoting B777LRF (Reply 4):
Yes, and in Germany it's DUS. Which has sod all to do with the question at hand either.

Not true.
HAM is smaller by passenger numbers.
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RE: Smallest Airport In Emirates' Network?

Sun Dec 02, 2012 7:16 pm

Quoting B777LRF (Reply 4):

In Europe, it is certainly MLA (in terms of total number of passengers). LCA will probably come 3rd after NCL. Overall, it is probably one of the airports in Western Africa or Irak that have been already named, some of which will be under 1m PAX annually, something that in Europe or NA would be considered a regional airport.
 
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RE: Smallest Airport In Emirates' Network?

Sun Dec 02, 2012 7:17 pm

Quoting JOYA380B747 (Reply 1):
Theres a high chance that airport might be one of the 12-14 destinations that EK serves in India.

EK serves 10 destinations in India and none get less than 10 flights a week. Not in India.

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RE: Smallest Airport In Emirates' Network?

Sun Dec 02, 2012 7:21 pm

I'm fairly confident Mahe wins the smallest.

Mahe
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RE: Smallest Airport In Emirates' Network?

Sun Dec 02, 2012 7:23 pm

My (admittedly uninformed) guess would be Peshawar in Pakistan.
 
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RE: Smallest Airport In Emirates' Network?

Sun Dec 02, 2012 7:24 pm

Quoting Roseflyer (Reply 9):

CHC and DUR have +5 million PAX, not small by any means (compared to many other EK destinations). SEZ is a good candidate though, it has been around 500-600k passengers yearly for the last few years.
 
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RE: Smallest Airport In Emirates' Network?

Sun Dec 02, 2012 8:45 pm

Quoting B777LRF (Reply 4):
LCA would be a good guess.
Quoting SCQ83 (Reply 7):
In Europe, it is certainly MLA (in terms of total number of passengers). LCA will probably come 3rd after NCL

True, Larnaca handled 5.500.000 passengers in 2011 and ranked higher than Newcastle (4.300.000) and Malta (3.500.000).
 
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RE: Smallest Airport In Emirates' Network?

Sun Dec 02, 2012 9:25 pm

I suppose it is a tie between Mahe and Erbil. The most recent info I can find from Erbil is 555,714 passengers per year (1 Sept 2010 - 31 Aug 2011 ) , Mahe claims 618,675 over 2010 . Wikipedia states 621,870 for Erbil though but I'm unable to verify that.
 
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RE: Smallest Airport In Emirates' Network?

Mon Dec 03, 2012 12:13 am

The answer in my opinion would have to be MLE or SEZ. I've flown EK into MLE more than a few times dating back to when Hulumale wasn't built and before the current terminal was in place.

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RE: Smallest Airport In Emirates' Network?

Mon Dec 03, 2012 12:52 am

What ‘bout Malè, Maldives?

*I see YOWza had the same thought before me*

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RE: Smallest Airport In Emirates' Network?

Mon Dec 03, 2012 2:38 am

Male is the smallest airport in their network.

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RE: Smallest Airport In Emirates' Network?

Mon Dec 03, 2012 5:24 am

Quoting A388 (Reply 16):
Male is the smallest airport in their network.

I just came back on EK from SEZ and having flown to MLE before, i can say that airport size wise SEZ is bigger than MLE. However, SEZ gets 2X 345s while MLE gets 2X 777 (773/772 mix) so def more seats in MLE.
 
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RE: Smallest Airport In Emirates' Network?

Mon Dec 03, 2012 5:34 am

Quoting AirIndia (Reply 17):
while MLE gets 2X 777 (773/772 mix) so def more seats in MLE.

Doesn't one of the MLE continue to CMB and stop in MLE on the way back? I think it is EK652/EK653 so while it may appear by the aircraft capacity that MLE has more seats, are more O&D passengers boarding or alighting there?

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RE: Smallest Airport In Emirates' Network?

Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:10 am

First post on A.net, but I'd have to say EBB.

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RE: Smallest Airport In Emirates' Network?

Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:20 am

Quoting jsnww81 (Reply 10):
guess would be Peshawar in Pakistan

IIRC, Peshawar was their first destination, so there ought to be significant demand in terms of pax numbers
 
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RE: Smallest Airport In Emirates' Network?

Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:47 am

Quoting huldoch (Reply 19):
First post on A.net, but I'd have to say EBB.

Welcome to A.net! EBB handled 1.2 million passengers in 2011, and has a 12 000 ft runway, there's already a few airports mentioned in here that are smaller  
 
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RE: Smallest Airport In Emirates' Network?

Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:20 am

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 18):
Doesn't one of the MLE continue to CMB and stop in MLE on the way back? I think it is EK652/EK653 so while it may appear by the aircraft capacity that MLE has more seats, are more O&D passengers boarding or alighting there?

Agreed. While EK has 5th freedom between CMB and MLE, I do not see a big % of traffic utilising it. Perhaps then MLE and SEZ might have similar loads......
 
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RE: Smallest Airport In Emirates' Network?

Mon Dec 03, 2012 12:38 pm

Guys its most likely MLE , the airport belong to a country with the entire area covered with 99% water and just one runway
 
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RE: Smallest Airport In Emirates' Network?

Mon Dec 03, 2012 12:55 pm

Quoting LHRBFSTrident (Reply 20):

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RE: Smallest Airport In Emirates' Network?

Mon Dec 03, 2012 12:55 pm

According to the nonsense I heard someone spout this morning in my office at work it's LPL - I'd like to see afull A380 or T7 take off from LPL's runway 
 
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RE: Smallest Airport In Emirates' Network?

Mon Dec 03, 2012 1:13 pm

Quoting SCQ83 (Reply 11):
CHC and DUR have +5 million PAX, not small by any means (compared to many other EK destinations). SEZ is a good candidate though, it has been around 500-600k passengers yearly for the last few years.

If you look at it from a purely international service, DUR is pretty small. Aren't Emirates the only daily international service?
 
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RE: Smallest Airport In Emirates' Network?

Mon Dec 03, 2012 1:13 pm

Many guesses...

Quoting JOYA380B747 (Reply 1):
Theres a high chance that airport might be one of the 12-14 destinations that EK serves in India.
Quoting Kiwinlondon (Reply 5):
Maybe CHC?
Quoting Roseflyer (Reply 9):
I'm fairly confident Mahe wins the smallest.
Quoting jsnww81 (Reply 10):
My (admittedly uninformed) guess would be Peshawar in Pakistan.
Quoting A388 (Reply 16):
Male is the smallest airport in their network.
Quoting huldoch (Reply 19):
First post on A.net, but I'd have to say EBB.
Quoting tioloko100 (Reply 23):
Guys its most likely MLE , the airport belong to a country with the entire area covered with 99% water and just one runway

... but only a few solid numbers.




Therefore, I've just conducted a short research to get some facts into this thread.

There are several airports served by EK with an approximate 0.6 million pax per year:
Baghdad --- Erbil --- Harare --- Lusaka --- Mahé (Seychelles)

I couldn't find any numbers for Basra. But I guess it's supposed to be smaller than Baghdad and Erbil, so this might be the airport we are looking for (at least if pax number = airport size)

Also, I have no data about Khartoum and Sanaa, but I guess these airports have more than 0.6 pax per year.

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RE: Smallest Airport In Emirates' Network?

Mon Dec 03, 2012 2:53 pm

Quoting Tobias2702 (Reply 27):
Also, I have no data about Khartoum and Sanaa, but I guess these airports have more than 0.6 pax per year.

Sudan is booming and IY alone likely carries 0.6M+ pax a year out of SAH so I think the list you have is good. Is Lusaka really that low? I recall it being at 550k pax almost 7 years ago!

If you're looking at airport footprint in terms of KM^2 its for sure MLE.

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RE: Smallest Airport In Emirates' Network?

Mon Dec 03, 2012 3:14 pm

Maybe Abidjan (ABJ) in Ivory Coast? EK has a daily A345 or B77W via ACC. ABJ airport is around 1,3 million pax per year.
 
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RE: Smallest Airport In Emirates' Network?

Mon Dec 03, 2012 3:39 pm

Quoting yowza (Reply 28):
Is Lusaka really that low? I recall it being at 550k pax almost 7 years ago!

As stated above, my research has been very quick and elementary. According to the German Wikipedia, Lusaka Airport hat a bit more than 600,000 passengers in 2006. By now, this number may well have changed.
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RE: Smallest Airport In Emirates' Network?

Mon Dec 03, 2012 4:01 pm

Quoting Tobias2702 (Reply 30):
As stated above, my research has been very quick and elementary. According to the German Wikipedia, Lusaka Airport hat a bit more than 600,000 passengers in 2006. By now, this number may well have changed.

And after the cease in operation of Zambezi this could have been less, I think now they are planning to start again or they start, but even Harare is close to that figures or now even less after Air Zimbabwe collapse.... however maybe the longest runways in EK network 4750m.

Smallest runway so far my bet is NCL, only 2.305m, difficult to beat that one....
 
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RE: Smallest Airport In Emirates' Network?

Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:39 pm

Quoting AirGabon (Reply 29):
Maybe Abidjan (ABJ) in Ivory Coast? EK has a daily A345 or B77W via ACC. ABJ airport is around 1,3 million pax per year.

No, as already mentioned in other replies, EK serves quite a few airports with less than half the traffic of ABJ.
 
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RE: Smallest Airport In Emirates' Network?

Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:53 am

Quoting migair54 (Reply 31):
Smallest runway so far my bet is NCL, only 2.305m, difficult to beat that one....

Yes I agree, NCL probably has the shortest runway of any Emirates destination at 7,641ft / 2,329m although I would be intrigued to know if any other Emirates destination has a shorter runway than that!

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