DWC passenger flights to skyrocket during DXB runway closure


Dubai World Central (DWC) is anticipated to witness a 700 per cent surge in passenger flights from April 16 to May 30, 2019, during which Dubai International Airport’s (DXB) southern runway will be closed for a complete renovation.

The closure will reduce DXB’s capacity, thus making DWC an attractive alternat to absorb affected scheduled, charter, cargo and general aviation operations.

Although DXB will effectively be without 50 per cent of its runways, the actual reduction in passenger flights will only be 32 per cent, thanks to an optimised schedule that will see the northern runway used to 96 per cent of its capacity. Due to the deployment of larger aircraft by some airlines during the closure period, the number of seats will only decrease by 26 per cent. Finally, thanks to the additional capacity provided by DWC, the number of flights across the Dubai Airport system will see a reduction of just 10 per cent and a seat reduction of just 11 per cent.

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“We are pleased that we have managed to maintain as much choice as possible for customers,” CEO, Dubai Airports, Paul Griffiths declared. “The most significant change for passengers during the period will be the need to confirm the airport that they travelling to or from. That said, we’re confident customers and airlines will be impressed by the speed, efficiency and convenience of Dubai’s second airport. It is a great opportunity to showcase DWC’s newly expanded facilities that can now accommodate up to 26.5 million passengers annually and we are confident that it will shine.”

During the 45-day period, DWC will see an average of 158 passenger flight movements per day operated by two charter carriers and 16 scheduled airlines, including flydubai, Wizz Air, Aeroflot, Condor, Air India, Air India Express, Indigo, SpiceJet, Gulf Air, Royal Jordanian, Himalaya Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines, Nepal Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Salam Air, Mahan Air, flynas and Azur Air.

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. Dubai Airports will also have an express bus service operating between DXB and DWC every 30 minutes, departing from DXB Terminals 1, 2 and 3.