Airports Dubai International to refurbish runway in 2019

  • Dubai International Airport

The airport company has confirmed, that the Southern runway 12R/30L will be closed for 45 days in 2019.

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As the airport operates 24/7 and is one of the busiest in the world with over 1,100 aircraft movements per day, runway maintenance is needed. The Southern runway of DXB requires extensive work, therefore, the runway has to be closed down. According to the airport, RWY 12R/30L will be closed for air traffic for 45 days. The refurbishment project will take place from April 16 to May 30, 2019.

60,000 tonnes of asphalt are needed to be replaced, as well as 8,000m3 of concrete. With refurbishing not only the runway, but also the according taxiways, the surface will be strengthened. Dubai International Airport said, that they would take the opportunity to install 800km of primary cables. Furthermore, 5,500 modern and more efficient runway lights will be set up.

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.”

Airlines will have to reduce its operations to DXB, since the airport will experience significant capacity loss during the closure time. However, there is a possibility to relocate flights to Dubai World Central Airport (DWC). For the time period, single-runway operations are scheduled for DXB.

Dubai International Airport handled 88,242,100 passengers in 2017 and noticed nearly 420,000 aircraft movements in 2016. The airport ranks among the busiest airports in the world and is an important economical factor for the UAE.

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