DXB south runway to shut in 2019 for renovation work

Dubai International’s southern runway will close for 45 days next year as it is due for repairs

DXB's southern runway is due for a major renovation.
DXB's southern runway is due for a major renovation.

Dubai International’s (DXB) southern runway will close for 45 days next year, so workers can resurface the asphalt airstrip that is nearing the end of its operational life.

Dubai Airports confirmed DXB’s southern runway would be temporarily closed from 16 April to 30 May 2019 in order to launch a “comprehensive upgrade”.

Around 60,000 tonnes of asphalt and 8,000m3 of concrete will be used to strengthen and resurface the runway and its connecting taxiways.

Dubai Airports today confirmed plans to upgrade DXB's southern runway for a 45-day period, from April 16 to May 30 2019. We will be working closely with airlines to minimise impact on our customers. pic.twitter.com/wJni51Rr7s

— Dubai Airports (@DubaiAirports) February 26, 2018

Renovation will also include replacement of over 5,500 ground lights and the installation of 800km of cables.

On the major upgrade work, Paul Griffiths, Dubai Airports CEO, said: "In the months ahead we will be working closely with Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects, airlines and other stakeholders to ensure we optimise service and capacity during this period next year and minimise the impact on our customers.

“While we regret any inconvenience this may cause to our airline customers and our passengers, these upgrades are absolutely necessary to heighten safety, boost capacity and pave the way for future growth."

DXB is one of the busiest airports in the world and was forced to carry out a similar programme of renovation on its northern runway back in 2014.

As was the case four years ago, Dubai World Central (DWC) - also known as Al Maktoum International Airport - should be able to absorb affected flights. However, DWC is also undergoing an expansion programme of its own that will increase its capacity to 26 million passengers per year upon completion.

Dubai Airports could not confirm the cost of upgrading DXB's southern runway.

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