Airports 'good to go' for DXB runway closure, says Dubai Airports CEO

The DXB runway is scheduled to close at 1500 local time on April 16.
Airports 'good to go' for DXB runway closure, says Dubai Airports CEO
Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths.
By Staff writer
Sun 14 Apr 2019 11:40 AM

Operations teams at both Dubai International Airport and Dubai World Central are “good to go” for the beginning of a 45-day long refurbishment of the southern runway at DXB, according to Dubai Airports.

In a statement, Dubai Airports said that the runway is nearing the end of its design life and requires an 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,’ said Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths.

According to Dubai Airports, some passenger may experience a potential change in airports, although scheduling experts have optimised DXB’s remaining runway operation so that there will only be a 29 percent reduction in the number of available seats.

Because of the additional capacity provided by DWC, the number of flights across the Dubai Airport system will see a reduction of only 19 percent, as well as a seat reduction of 20 percent.

DWC is expected to handle an average of 145 passenger flights per day during the period of the airport closure. Airlines that will use the airport include flydubai, Wizz Air, Aeroflot, Indigo, SpiceJet, Gulf Air, Kuwait Airways and flynas.

The final step of the runway closure preparations took place on Sunday, with the delivery of the last of 600 pieces of ground equipment to DWC.

The DXB runway is scheduled to close at 1500 local time on April 16. Once it closes, a total of 90 construction vehicles will enter and exit the runway every hour transporting over 18,500 truckloads of concrete, asphalt, materials and people.

“We’re confident we are fully prepared and good to go for April 16,” said Griffiths added. “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.”

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