Ahead of the upcoming 45-day southern runway refurbishment project at Dubai International, Dubai Airports has revealed that Dubai World Central will take on additional flights during the scheduled maintenance. During this time, DWC is expected to see the number of passenger flights skyrocket by 700%.
The airport operator shared that will DXB will be operating without 50% of its runways, the actual reduction in passenger flights will only be 32%. This will be achieved through optimisation of the northern runway’s schedule, which is set to be used to 96% of its capacity during the course of the maintenance project.
Dubai Airports also noted that the deployment of larger aircraft by some airlines during the closure period will only decrease the number of seats by 26%.
Additionally, the capacity provided DWC will see the number of flights across the Dubai Airport system reduce by only 10% and seat reductions by 11%.
Commenting on the upcoming runway refurbishment, Paul Griffiths, CEO, Dubai Airports, shared: “The most significant change for passengers during the period will be the need to confirm the airport that they travelling to or from.
“That said, we’re confident customers and airlines will be impressed by the speed, efficiency and convenience of Dubai’s second airport. It’s a great opportunity to showcase DWC’s newly expanded facilities that can now accommodate up to 26.5 million passengers annually and we’re confident that it will shine.”
During the upcoming runway refurbishment, DWC is expected to see an average of 158 passenger flight movements per day, which will be overseen by two charter carriers and 16 scheduled airlines. The latter will include flights from flydubai, Wizz Air, Air India, Indigo, Gulf Air, Royal Jordanian, Nepal Airlines, Kuwait Airways and flynas, to name a few.
Adding some further details on the project, Dubai Airports shared that DXB’s operational, construction and engineering teams will move more than 18,500 truckloads of concrete, asphalt, materials and personnel to and from the airport. Over 1,900 personnel are expected to be involved in the complex project.
Aiming to reduce the minimal risk of construction overrun, the airport operator has already started work on a number of key jobs in advance of the full runway closure. Work packages identified as non-critical to the completion of the project have been tasked to be completed following return to normal operations. This would provide a safety buffer should unexpected delays arise during the planned length of the refurbishment project.