Runway project at Dubai International hailed

Refurbishments carried out with “minimal disruptions”

Two runways at DXB have been refurbished.
Two runways at DXB have been refurbished.

The refurbishment of two runways at the Dubai International Airport has been carried out with “minimal disruptions” in flight operations.

In a statement by the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), it said it had worked with Dubai Air Navigation Services (DANS) to implement a “perfect programme which lead to the successful completion of the project in record time”.

Mohammed Abdulla Ahli, director general of DCAA and CEO of DANS, said: “We were told that no other project of this kind has occurred in the history of civil aviation in which the runway refurbishments were made with the least possible impact on normal flight operations.”

Dubai International recorded a 6.2% surge in the number of passengers which stood at 34.67mn in the first half of 2014 despite over 26% cut in flights during May and June for the refurbishment.

DANS contributed a significantly big part in the planning of the refurbishment programme by looking at the various flight options, with the aim of minimal disruption and delays.

“As Dubai International offers airlines a 24/7 operation, the runway closures were more complex and required meticulously planning,” Abdulla Ahli added.

“The average delay was less than five minutes. The northern runway required resurfacing and other modifications to accommodate future traffic. There was a requirement to construct new rapid exit taxiways on the southern runway to boost capacity.”

For flight operations, authorities have four peak hours 24/7 at the Dubai International Airport and an average of 33 arrivals are handled in an hour. DANS aims to increase it to 45 by the year 2016.

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