Dubai International Airport Southern Runway Closure for April/May 2019 |

Dubai International Airport Runway Closure to Last 45 Days

Emirates have confirmed there will be flight changes - with a 25% reduction in flights

Posted on

14 January 2019

Last updated on 14 January 2019
by Rebecca Roberts
Emirates flights affected by runway closure

If you've already booked a trip out of Dubai International Airport in March or April, double check your flights.

Due to Dubai International Airport closing its southern runway for upgrades, Dubai's airline Emirates have confirmed changes to its schedule during the 45-day period.

Several flights may be cancelled, re-timed or have their aircraft type changed from Tuesday 16th April, 2019 to Thursday 30th May, 2019.

According to Emirates - there will be a 25% reduction in the overall number of flights on the schedule, and 48 planes won't be used.

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It's not only Emirates that is being affected either - as other airlines operating from DXB have also been required to reduce their operations.

flydubai confirmed last year that flights to select destinations will operate out of Dubai World Central (DWC) - previously known as Al Maktoum International Airport - in order to provide travel options to passengers during the southern runway refurbishment.

If you've already booked your flights from DXB this April or May, we recommended double checking your booking. Although, we imagine you've already been informed of the changes.

DXB will operate with only 1 runway for 45 days

Speaking about the runway maintenance, Dubai International Airport has said it has been scheduled during a "seasonal lull" when there are fewer passengers.

Concrete will be used to strengthen the runway and taxiways, and over 60,000 tonnes of asphalt will be placed on the surface.

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The upgrade works are designed to boost safety, service and capacity levels of the runway.

Back in 2014,the northern runway was closed for 80 days as it underwent refurbishment. The closure reportedly cost Emirates an estimated $467 million impack on revenue, according to its financial statement then.