Dubai Airports has given the green light for commencement of the 45-day-long refurbishment of the southern runway at Dubai International (DXB).
The runway is nearing the end of its design life and requires a complete upgrade to accommodate future traffic growth.
“Planning and preparations have been underway for almost two years in close coordination with Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects, airlines, dnata, the regulator and a host of other service partners to make sure this massive project goes off without a hitch,” explained CEO, Dubai Airports, Paul Griffiths.
The main visible difference for passengers will be a potential change in airports – from DXB to Dubai World Central (DWC). Travellers will have the opportunity to experience the speed and convenience of Dubai’s second airport for the first time during the closure, as it takes on additional traffic from affected scheduled, charter, cargo and general aviation operations.
DWC will handle an average of 145 passenger flights per day, operated during the period by airlines including flydubai, Wizz Air, Aeroflot, Indigo, SpiceJet, Gulf Air, Ukraine International Airlines, Ural Airlines, Nepal Airlines, Kuwait Airways and flynas.
Thanks to the additional capacity provided by DWC, the number of flights across the Dubai Airport system will see a reduction of just 19 per cent and a seat reduction of just 20 per cent.
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority will provide a fully integrated ground transportation solution for DWC, with a regular bus service from key locations in Dubai and a dedicated fleet of taxis serving the airport and offering discounts throughout the closure period.
Dubai Airports will also have a free express bus service operating between DXB and DWC every 30 minutes, departing from DXB Terminals 1, 2 and 3.
Griffiths concluded: “We are confident we are fully prepared and good to go for April 16. We are encouraging passengers to confirm their airport of departure before they set out to take their flights but otherwise, they can expect smooth operations and great service.”