Carriers relocate to Al Maktoum during Dubai work
Refurbishment at Dubai Intl to start on 1 May and run for 80 days
Flydubai, PAL Express, Jet Airways, Royal Brunei Airlines, Yemenia Airlines, Euqatorial Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and Ural Airlines are all set to relocate to Al Maktoum International while runway refurbishment work is carried out at Dubai International Airport.
Emirates Airline, the biggest carrier at Dubai international, will continue to operate from there during the construction, which is due to start on 1 May and run for 80 days, although it will cut back operations.
Movements will be cut by an estimated 26% as the Middle East’s main airport undergoes runway resurfacing. The project aims to increase service, capacity and safety levels, the airport said.
Construction of new taxiways and rapid exits on the southern runway will take place from May 1-31, while resurfacing of the 4,000m northern runway will follow, from May 31 to July 20. Runway lighting will also be improved.
Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said: “We have planned this project to optimise capacity while protecting service levels and—in conjunction with Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects, airlines and other stakeholders—have deployed all the resources necessary to make it as smooth and seamless as possible.
“While we regret any inconvenience caused to our airline customers and our passengers, these upgrades are necessary to heighten safety, boost capacity and pave the way for future expansion.”