Dubai International Airport runway upgrades to reduce flights in 2014

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By John Black  www.thenational.ae

The runways at Dubai International Airport will be subject to closures over a period of almost three months next year, with flights being disrupted to allow essential engineering works, the airport’s management confirmed today.

Dubai International in March beat Paris Charles de Gaulle to become the second busiest international airport behind Heathrow. Andrew Parsons / The National
Dubai International in March beat Paris Charles de Gaulle to become the second busiest international airport behind Heathrow. Andrew Parsons / The National

The extensive runway enhancement project will take place over 80 days commencing May 1, 2014 and will see scheduled passenger flights reduced and all freighter, charter and general aviation flights diverted to Dubai World Central (DWC).

“The northern runway is nearing the end of its design life and requires resurfacing and other modifications to accommodate future traffic. At the same time there is a requirement to upgrade runway lighting and construct new taxiways on the southern runway to boost capacity,” said Dubai Airports in statement.

“Runway closures are complex and must be meticulously planned. Dubai Airports already closes each runway at Dubai International for five hours per week to conduct regular maintenance but the size and scope of the programme will require each runway to be closed for extended periods of time.” More info