Dubai Airports to upgrade runways in 2014

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Dubai Airports will conduct an extensive runway enhancement project at Dubai International (DXB) during an 80-day period commencing 1 May 2014. 

Dubai Airports to undergo upgradation

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 northern runway is nearing the end of its design life and requires resurfacing and other modifications to accommodate future traffic. At the same time there is a requirement to upgrade runway lighting and construct new taxiways on the southern runway to boost capacity.

Dubai Airports already closes each runway at Dubai International for five hours per week to conduct regular maintenance but 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 – 31 May 2014 while the northern runway will be out of operation 31 May to 20 July 2014 as the upgrades are implemented. To allow operators sufficient time to plan for the capacity reduction, Dubai Airports has started the schedule coordination process for the Summer 2014 period earlier than normal.

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