Dubai airports resume full operations after upgrades
Dubai, July 22, 2014
Dubai Airports has resumed full operations at Dubai International following the reopening of the northern runway.
The flights that had temporarily moved to Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) while the runway upgrades were underway have now returned to Dubai International, said a statement.
The number of flights at Dubai International surged about 31 per cent with the opening of both runways, when compared to the number of flights during the 80-day closure.
Dubai International now boasts two newly refurbished runways which allow the airport to accommodate more aircraft while improving operational flexibility during busy peak traffic periods.
The runway upgrades were part of Dubai Airports’ $7.8 billion SP2020 master-plan aimed at expanding Dubai International’s capacity to help accommodate more than 103 million passengers by 2020.
Both of the airport’s runways were closed consecutively from May 1 for an 80-day period.
The project involved the resurfacing of the entire 4,000-m long northern runway as well as the upgrading of runway lighting and construction of additional taxiways and rapid exits on the southern runway.
Paul Griffiths, CEO, Dubai Airports, said: “I am pleased that our planning and preparations over the past year not only ensured that the impact on passengers during the 80-day period was minimal but that we were able to resume full operations and accommodate increased traffic at the end of the programme without a hitch.
“The runway upgrade programme tested the mettle of the over 60,000 people who work at DXB whose dedication and teamwork resulted in the successful delivery of an incredibly demanding programme, led by Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects and Dubai Airports’ operations, while maintaining high traffic volumes and top-flight service levels,” added Griffiths. - TradeArabia News Service