Dubai International Airport’s southern runway will be closed for a 45-day period in 2019 to carry out an upgrade – to boost safety, service and capacity levels.
DXB’s southern runway is nearing the end of its design life and requires complete resurfacing and replacement of the airfield ground lighting and supporting infrastructure.
The upgrade work will take place from 16 April to 30 May when passenger traffic historically ebbs due to a seasonal lull. During the closure period, airlines will have to reduce their operations to DXB due to the significant capacity reduction resulting from single runway operations.
Dubai Airports has provided additional advance notice to all airlines to plan for the flight reductions and schedule planning.
Dubai World Central (DWC) will absorb affected scheduled flights as well as charter, cargo and general aviation operations. DWC is currently undergoing the completion of an expansion programme that will boost its capacity from 5-7 million passengers per year to 26 million passengers per year.
Dubai Airports chief executive officer, Paul Griffiths said: “In the months ahead we will be working closely with Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects, airlines and other stakeholders to ensure we optimise service and capacity during this period next year and minimise the impact on our customers.
“While we regret any inconvenience this may cause to our airline customers and our passengers, these upgrades are absolutely necessary to heighten safety, boost capacity and pave the way for future growth.”
More information will be made available as plans develop and as flight schedules are finalised.