The Dubai International Airport is being closed for projects that are being carried out to upgrade and renovate the runway next year. During this phase, Emirates Airlines is expected to cut down the number of flights by about 28 per cent during the 45 days that will be needed for the upgrades to be completed.
The southern runway is scheduled to be shut down from April 16 to May 30 next year. The projects will involve refurbishing the infrastructure and replacement of the ground lighting system. The announcement about reduction in flights came from the spokesperson of the airline. The airline will thus carry out some cancellations; reduce the number of outbound flights to specific destinations and will reschedule certain flights.
FlyDubai will also move part of its operations to Dubai’s Al Maktoum International (DWC) during the shutdown of the runway. The cities for which flights will be diverted are Addis Ababa (ADD), Abha (AHB), Ahmedabad (AMD), Mumbai (BOM), Colombo (CMB), Cochin (COK), Delhi (DEL), Gassim (ELQ), Gizan (GIZ), Ha’il (HAS), Hyderabad (HYD), Isfahan (IFN), Karachi (KHI), Lucknow (LKO), Lar (LRR), Faisalabad (LYP), Chennai (MAA), Medinah (MED), Mashhad (MHD), Multan (MUX), Najaf (NJF), Riyadh (RUH), Istanbul (SAW), Sialkot (SKT), Shiraz (SYZ), Ta’if (TIF), Thiruvananthapuram (TRV), and Tabuk (TUU).