Fact Sheet - Southern Runway Rehabilitation Programme
(April 16 – May 30, 2019)
- Runway resurfacing is a common occurrence with airports around the world. However, as Dubai International (DXB) offers airlines a 24/7 operation, runway closures are more complex and must be meticulously planned.
- On an average, DXB handles 1,100 aircraft movements per day featuring predominantly wide-body aircraft. While ongoing runway maintenance is scheduled on a weekly basis, more extensive upgrades require a complete closure of the runway.
- DXB southern runway (12R-30L) is nearing the end of its design life and will require complete resurfacing and replacement of the airfield ground lighting and supporting infrastructure.
- DXB’s southern runway is closed for a 45-day period from April 16 to May 30, 2019, to conduct a comprehensive upgrade to boost safety, service and capacity levels.
- The closure will reduce the hub airport’s capacity making DWC an attractive alternate to absorb affected scheduled, charter, cargo and general aviation operations.
- Although DXB will be without 50% of its runways, the actual reduction in passenger flights will only be 32% due to optimised schedule that will see the northern runway used to 96% of its capacity.
- Due to the deployment of larger aircraft by some airlines during the closure period, the number of seats will only decrease by 26%.
- Thanks to the additional capacity provided by DWC, the number of flights across the Dubai Airport system will see a reduction of just 10% and a seat reduction of just 11%.
- DWC expected to witness a spike of 700% in the passenger flight movements as it takes on additional traffic during the 45-day period.
- During the 45-day period, DWC will see an average of 158 passenger flight movements per day operated by charter and scheduled airlines, including flydubai, Wizz Air, Aeroflot, Indigo, SpiceJet, Gulf Air, Ukraine International Airlines, Ural Airlines, Nepal Airlines, Kuwait Airways and flynas. (As on April 14, 2019)
- To limit the impact on service, the project has been scheduled during a period when passenger traffic historically ebbs due to seasonal lull.
- Dubai Airports has provided additional advance notice to all airlines to plan for the flight reductions and schedule planning.
- Airlines will be required to reduce their operations at DXB during the 45-day period due to the significant capacity reduction resulting from single runway operations.
- In terms of flight movements, the reduction in capacity is estimated at this point to be approximately 43% during the 45-day period.
- Dubai Airports had formed several operational and planning groups and task forces involving people from across stakeholder groups to ensure smooth transition and operations throughout the programme at both airports.
- Following Dubai Airports’ agreement with the leading technology platform, Careem taxi fares to and from DWC will be cheaper by 25%. Customers will have to use the code FLYDWC to avail the discount.
- DWC offers free shaded car park of 2,500 vehicle capacity
- The southern runway refurbishment project will involve the placement of approximately 60,000 tonnes of asphalt and 8,000m3of concrete to strengthen and resurface the runway and the adjacent taxiways.
- Some 800 km of primary cables will be installed and over 5,500 runway lights will be replaced with more modern, economic and environmentally friendly technology as part of the project.
Northern runway: 4,000m by 60m
Southern runway: 4.500m by 60m
- DXB’s northern runway underwent a similar refurbishment programme in 2014.