Dubai International to cut flights by 26%
Construction work on runways to be carried out in May and June
Dubai International will cut flights by 26% between 1 May and 20 July to allow for resurfacing and construction work on its runways.
During the 80-day period, eight airlines which now fly into Dubai International, will divert to the Emirate’s new Al Maktoum International Airport, which opened to passenger traffic last October.
As a result, flights handled by Al Maktoum will increase from more than 80 a week to over 600.
However, it is anticipated that some flights will be cancelled as a result of the work.
Tim Clark, president of Emirates, said in February that his company planned to ground about 10% of its fleet from May because of the runway work, which would affect the carrier's revenue.
Emirates and local budget airline flydubai will contribute 53% of the total traffic reduction required at Dubai International, Dubai Airports said.
Dubai International handled 66.4mn passengers in 2013. In May 2013, the airport saw a total of 31,121 aircraft movements.