Dubai Airports says Northern Runway rehabilitation programme on track for June 22 completion

More than 1,000 vehicles and 3,000 people have been deployed onsite to complete the runway upgrade project

Dubai Airports has announced that the Northern Runway rehabilitation programme at Dubai International (DXB) has surpassed its midway point of schedule, and is on track for the reopening of the runway on June 22, 2022.

Since May 9, 2022, more than 1,000 vehicles and 3,000 people have been deployed onsite at DXB to complete the project, the airport’s operator said in a statement. It added that the essential work on the project includes resurfacing the entire 4.5km-long Northern runway, strengthening the wider runway strip, as well as reinforcing the paving on key taxiway entries and exits, and repairing drainage infrastructure.

Furthermore, aeronautical ground lighting, navigational aids and meteorological equipment are also being replaced, the statement said. A navigation aids substation is also being relocated – as the Southern runway maintains operations – the operator highlighted.

“The programme’s primary objective was timely rehabilitation of the runway and its supporting systems to enhance the safety, operational efficiency, and capacity at DXB. Once completed, the project will positively impact the airport’s overall travel experience for years to come,” said the statement.

To ensure a seamless traveller experience and provide continuity in customer service, while the essential work is being performed, Dubai World Central (DWC) has been handling more than 1,000 flights from several international carriers, including flydubai, SpiceJet, Indigo, Gulf Air, Air India Express and Qatar Airways during the 45-day transition period, it stated.

Throughout the temporary closure period, Dubai Airports has advised all passengers to carefully check their flight information before setting out for their departure airport and try to plan some extra time to get to and through, the airport to avoid delays or other issues, it concluded.

NEOM and Saudia plan to kick off weekly air service to international destinations late in June 2022, with DXB being the first destination. In January 2022, Kuwait announced plans for a new airport.


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