Emirates Airline is to continue to be based at Dubai International for the next 15 years until a new mega-airport is opened at Jebel Ali. That is according to Paul Griffiths, the chief executive of Dubai Airports, who told flightglobal.com that Dubai International will be expanded by 20 per cent instead to cope with a rise in passengers. In news that could interest people considering Dubai property investment, the international airport will be able to cope with 75 million people from the end of next year and 90 million passengers by 2018. Mr Griffiths told the news provider that airline growth has put pressure on the airport to expand as well. "With Emirates and Flydubai's planned growth, we felt we really had to accelerate our expansion plans," he said. "Emirates has 90 A380s coming, and with [president] Tim Clark saying that he could take another 40 if only he could accommodate them on the ground, we believe the plan we've developed will deliver 90 million passengers by 2018." It comes after new figures revealed that Dubai International has seen a record number of passengers in the first half of 2011.