Everything You Need to Know About the Runway Closure At DXB
Dubai International Airport is going to close its southern runway (12R-30L) for maintenance work between April 16 and May 30. The refurbishment project, scheduled for 45 days this year, will conduct a comprehensive upgrade designed to boost safety, service, and capacity levels Nearing the end of its design life, DXB’s southern runway needs complete resurfacing and replacements of lighting and infrastructure. iJET today discusses the impact of the closure on the airport, details about the closure, and the alternative airport to use during the 45 days.
- What are the Dates of the closure?
The runway will be closed from April 16 2019 to May 30 2019. According to Dubai International Airport, the scheduled closure is planned during a “seasonal lull” when there are fewer passengers. Also, April-May fall outside the main travel seasons in the northern and southern hemispheres and coincides with Ramadan, which is typically a time of lower demand for flights in the Middle East region.
- How will it impact the airport?
During the 45 days closure of DXB’s southern runway, the airport will be reduced to a single runway airport. The closure is expected to cause approximately 43% capacity reduction resulting from single runway operations.
- Commercial airlines forced to cancel flights
Commercial airlines in Dubai like Emirates Airline are forced to cancel a quarter of its flights due to runway maintenance. Other commercial airlines will have to cancel flights, reschedule flights or have them moved to Al Maktoum International Airport. The reduce frequency on many routes will lead to fewer seats available on flights, which in turn might push up ticket prices. For business travel, a viable and feasible option will be private jet charter flying to Al Maktoum, which will offer flexibility and will be an economical choice.
- Alternative Airport for Business aviation and General Aviation
Al Maktoum International Airport/ Dubai World Central (DWC/ OMDW), which is also operated by Dubai Airports, will be an available alternative to absorb charter, cargo, and general aviation operations. For private jets, we at iJET always suggests Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC/ OMDW) over Dubai International Airport (DXB/ OMBD). While DXB, being a world-renowned airport, is a crowd favourite, we suggest operators to use DWC/ OMDW as it is less crowded, the parking is easier to get, and passengers can be in an out smoothly and quickly.
Al Maktoum International Airport
Slots Required- Yes
Fuel Availability- JET
Airport Hours– Open 24 hours (UTC +4)
Runway Length– 14764 x 198 (ft)
Dubai International Airport had undergone a similar refurbishment project in 2014, during which the runway was closed for 80 days. At the time, DWC/ OMDW was available for diverted aircraft routes. The same is expected to happen this year. If you’re planning a trip during the April-May at the time of Dubai Airport’s runway closure, plan everything in advance, to ensure your flight is on schedule. Partner up with iJET to ensure your trip to Dubai will be a memorable one. With iJET planning flights to both the airports on a regular basis and with its strong networks with our business partners in the UAE, we guarantee to make your international trip to Dubai destined for success.