Dubai World Central Airport will see a 700 per cent increase in passenger flights whilst DXB’s southern runway is refurbished.
The brief closure at Dubai International Airport (DXB) between the 16th April and 30th May this year will affect air travel in and out of the emirate. Although the southern runway represents half of the total runway space at Dubai International, due to some mind-blowing spreadsheet skills, there will only be a 32 per cent reduction in passenger flights, as the northern runway hits 96 per cent capacity.
It turns out that it’s actually quite handy having a huge world-class airport in reserve. Dubai World Central (DWC) now serves as hub for some Fly Dubai, MyWay and Aeroflot flights, but during the DXB runway closure we’ll see a huge increase in take-off and landing traffic.
Teamwork really does make the dream work though. The combination of both tighter scheduling at DXB and the support of DWC means that there will only be a 10 per cent reduction in flights to and from Dubai.
If you’ve ever come through Dubai’s second international airport, in Jebel Ali, you’ll know it’s a pleasant experience. The super modern transport hub, designed for swift transit, is also more accessible for communities in the south of the emirate, like Dubai Marina, JLT or Discovery Gardens. It’s also always refreshing to Instagram some different take-off and landing-scape out of your aircraft’s windows.
Do the changes affect you?
Travelling home or planning a vacation this spring? Expecting visitors over the April Holidays perhaps?
Most passenger flights on the following airlines are being rerouted through DWC – Flydubai; Wizz Air; Aeroflot; Condor; Air India; Air India Express; Indigo; SpiceJet; Gulf Air; Royal Jordanian; Himalaya Airlines; Ukraine International Airlines; Nepal Airlines; Kuwait Airways; Salam Air; Mahan Air; Flynas and Azur Air.
To minimise disruption at DWC, which is 65 kilometres away from DXB, the Roads and Transport Authority is rolling out temporary bus routes and a dedicated fleet of taxis. There’ll also be an express bus service running every 30 minutes between all DXB terminals and DWC. In the best transport news, DWC’s car park has 2,500 shaded spaces where you can PARK FOR ABSOLUTELY FREE!
The changes at Dubai International are all part of the airport’s aspirations to become, beyond question, the world’s greatest airport. As well as the runway refurb, DXB is also undergoing a comprehensive rebrand. We can’t wait to check in, and check it out.
If you are flying between the 16th April and 30th May 2019, make sure you check your itinerary thoroughly. Confirm flights directly with your airline.