Dubai airport runway to close for 45 days

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Dubai airport runway to close for 45 days

The Dubai International Airport will temporarily reduce capacity at the world’s busiest international airport by closing one of its two runways for 45 days, from May 9 to June 22, for improvement work.

Dubai Airports announced on Tuesday (March 22) that the northern runway will be closed for refurbishment in order to maintain safety and efficiency.

“While regular runway maintenance is scheduled on a weekly basis, more extensive upgrades such as the one planned require a complete closure of the runway,” it said.

“Dubai Airports continues to invest in developing and maintaining its infrastructure to enhance customer service quality and capacity and maintain its position as the world’s busiest international airport.”

Long-haul airline Emirates and low-cost carrier flydubai both have hubs at Dubai International Airport. The hub closed its southern runway from April 16 to May 30 for resurfacing and ground illumination replacement, which was the last time this degree of maintenance was done on the northern runway in 2014.

During the 45-day refurbishment period, the airport will continue to operate flights, but at a lower capacity.

Dubai Airports said that some flights will be rerouted to Dubai World Central, the emirate’s second airport, to reduce the impact on service during the shutdown.

“Dubai Airports has provided advance notice to all airlines to plan for flight reductions and schedule planning accordingly,” the operator said.

Passengers flying to or from Dubai during the runway closure period should verify with their airlines ahead of time to confirm the airport and/or terminal they will be using.

As plans progress and flight schedules are finalized, Dubai Airports said further information will be released. KMB/Expat Media


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