British Airways reveals plan to cope with DXB runway closure

UK flag carrier says it will operate a larger A380 to Dubai so it can fly as many passengers as possible during runway disruption
British Airways reveals plan to cope with DXB runway closure
British Airways A380 pictured on final approach into London Heathrow. The UK carrier confirmed it will fly a larger A380 aircraft to Dubai next year during the closure of a runway at Dubai International Airport. Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways
By Sam Bridge
Mon 08 Oct 2018 04:02 PM

British Airways has confirmed it will fly a larger A380 aircraft to Dubai next year during the closure of a runway at Dubai International Airport.

The UK flag carrier told Arabian Business on Monday that the A380 will be introduced on the London Heathrow to Dubai route to ensure the airline can carry as many passengers as possible during the runway closure.

"Like all airlines, we're affected by the closure of one of the runways at Dubai Airport in spring 2019. In order to ensure we can carry as many customers as possible during this time, we plan to operate one of our flights using a larger A380 aircraft on this route," a spokesman said in a statement.

Dubai International Airport will close its southern runway for 45 days from April 16 to carry out upgrade works.

Last week, Emirates said it will reduce the number of flights it operates by nearly a third during the closure of the runway.

Emirates said it will cancel some flights, reduce the number of flights to certain destinations and reschedule others during the upgrade work.

Dubai International operated with one runway for 80 days in 2014 with that closure costing the Emirates Group an estimated $467 million in lost revenue.

Flydubai also said it would move some flights to Dubai's second airport, Al Maktoum International, during the temporary closure.

Dubai International last week set a new world record for busiest month with 8.37 million passengers using the transport hub in August.

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