Dubai Airports to Upgrade Runways

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Operator Dubai Airports plans to undertake an extensive runway enhancement project at Dubai International (DXB) during an 80-day period commencing May 1, 2014.

To safeguard service levels while the work is taking place, scheduled passenger flights at the airport will be reduced and all freighter, charter and general aviation flights will be diverted to Dubai World Central.

The northern runway requires resurfacing and other modifications to accommodate future traffic.  There is also a need to upgrade runway lighting and construct new taxiways on the southern runway to boost capacity.  The rehabilitation project will involve the placement of 180,000 tonnes of asphalt on the northern runway, 65,000 tonnes of asphalt and 70,000 cubic metres of concrete on the southern runway and taxiways, as well as the installation of 3,000 runway lights.

Dubai Airports already closes each runway for five hours per week for regular maintenance, but the upcoming project will require extended periods of closure.  The southern runway will be closed from May 1 to May 31, 2014, while the northern runway will be out of operation from May 31 to July 20, 2014.

Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, commented:  “Safety and service are our two top priorities.  While we regret any inconvenience caused to our airline customers and our passengers, these upgrades are necessary to heighten safety, boost capacity and quite literally pave the way for future expansion.”

Discussions are under way with airlines to reduce flight schedules during the project.  To allow operators sufficient time to plan for the capacity reduction, Dubai Airports has started the schedule coordination process for the Summer 2014 period earlier than normal.

 

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One Response to Dubai Airports to Upgrade Runways

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