Dubai International Airport “On Track” To Reopen Runway On July 21


By Aarti Nagraj

Dubai International Airport is on track to reopen its northern runway on July 21, as scheduled, ending an 80-day runway refurbishment and upgrade programme.

Following the reopening, the airport will return to full capacity, Dubai Airports confirmed in a statement.

“The opening of the northern runway and ramp up to a full schedule, when combined with the upcoming Eid holidays, will result in a significant surge in passenger numbers from July 21,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.

Both of the airport’s runways were closed consecutively from May 1 for refurbishment. The project involved the resurfacing of the entire 4,000-metre long northern runway as well as the upgrading of runway lighting and construction of additional taxiways and rapid exits on the southern runway.

The upgrades were carried out to accommodate an increasing number of aircraft, to keep pace with growing traffic at the airport, said Dubai Airports. More info