27 MAY 2013
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Passengers planning to travel through Dubai next May and June (2014) should carefully monitor their plans and also consider using nearby Abu Dhabi if the schedule suits them.
Dubai International (DXB), the existing main airport, is to undertake an 80-day runway renovation process commencing 1 May 2014. To safeguard service levels while the work is taking place, scheduled passenger flights at its hub airport will be reduced and all freighter, charter and general aviation flights will be diverted to Dubai World Central (DWC), the massive brand new airport currently under construction.
Runway resurfacing is a common occurrence with airports around the world. However, as Dubai International offers airlines a 24/7 operation, runway closures are more 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. The southern runway will be closed from 1 May to 31 May 2014 while the northern runway will be out of operation 31 May to 20 July 2014 as the upgrades are implemented.
Dubai World Central opens its doors for passenger operations on 27 October 2013, with Wizz Air and nasair. www.btnews.co.uk/article/6150
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