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Mon 8 Apr 2019 02:21 PM

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Flydubai confirms 42 routes to be affected by DXB runway closure

Low cost carrier reveals which destinations will be moving to Al Maktoum International Airport from April 16 to May 30

Flydubai confirms 42 routes to be affected by DXB runway closure

Flydubai has confirmed that flights to 42 destinations will be moving to Al Maktoum International Airport from April 16 to May 30 during a runway closure at Dubai International.

Out of the 42 routes, flights to Alexandria, Bahrain, Dammam, Jeddah, Kabul, Kathmandu, Kuwait and Muscat will operate from both airports.

The southern runway of DXB will be closed during the period, to undergo a full renovation, prompting airlines to either divert their services to DWC or lower their capacity.

Flydubai said: “We advise all travellers to arrive at the check-in desks two to three hours prior to their flight departure time. We encourage all passengers arriving into Dubai to check their airport of arrival and to remind anyone who’s picking them up that they might be arriving at Dubai World Central (DWC)."

A Flydubai spokesperson added that Flydubai's partner Emirates will not operate from DWC and it is not selling flights connecting between the two airports.

The full list of flights that will be operating from DWC from April 16 to May 30, include Abha, Addis Ababa, Ahmedabad, Alexandria, Amman, Bahrain, Bishkek, Chennai, Chittagong, Colombo, Dammam, Delhi, Esfahan, Faisalabad, Gassim, Gizan, Ha’il, Hofuf, Hyderabad, Istanbul, Jeddah, Kabul, Karachi, Kathmandu, Khartoum, Kochi, Kozhikode, Kuwait, Lar, Lucknow, Mashhad, Medina, Multan, Mumbai, Muscat, Najaf, Riyadh, Shiraz, Sialkot, Tabuk, Ta’if.

Earlier this year, Emirates announced adjustments to its operations in 2019 to minimise the impact of the closure of Dubai International Airport’s southern runway.

A significant number of Emirates flights will be impacted by the closure, resulting in up to 48 aircraft not being used, with a 25 percent reduction in the overall number of flights operated by the airline during the 45-day period.

Emirates said it will deploy additional flights to several markets in Africa starting in June.

Multiple destinations across Europe will also be served by additional flights during the peak travel season leading up to and lasting through the summer of 2019.

Flydubai CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith said in February that he is confident the Dubai carrier will return to profit this year, after rising fuel costs saw it report a $43.5 million annual loss for 2018.

The low-cost airline posted a 12.4 percent rise in revenue – reaching $1.7 billion for the year – but the total annual operating cost included a price impact of $112 million in fuel costs, which impacted significantly on its ability to make a profit. 

The airline also faced financial headwinds in the form of rising interest rates and unfavourable currency exchange movements.

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