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Plans for Purple Line 'in the air'.

The planned Dubai Metro Purple Line will not get the go-ahead until there is enough demand, according to transport chiefs.

Plans for the line are "in the air" at present, according to Roads and Transport Authority chairman and executive director Mattar Al Tayer. The Purple Line will provide a high-speed link between Dubai International Airport and the under-construction Al Maktoum International Airport in Jebel Ali.

Plans for the original line showed a 49km link with eight stations along its length. It was intended to cut travel time between the two airports to 40 minutes. Tayer added: "For the time being we are not really in a position to answer (questions concerning the purple line).

We are considering different methodologies, and it's a plan for the future. I cannot tell you exactly what route it will take. It's in the air, but it will link the two airports."

His comments come as RTA chiefs announced work on the Red and Green Lines were on schedule despite the global economic crisis.

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