Need to know: Dubai International Airport runway closure


This could affect your travel plans next year…

Dubai International Airport (DXB) will close its southern runway from April 16 to May 30 while it undergoes extensive upgrade work.

As only one runway – the northern runway – will be in use during this time, airlines will have to scale back their operations at DXB. And that means frequent fliers could be affected. While flights schedules are still being finalised, here’s what we know so far…


Emirates has said it will reduce the number of flights it operates by almost a third during these 45 days.

“Emirates can confirm that it will be required to reduce its operating schedule by approximately 28 percent during this time,” an Emirates spokesperson said in a statement.

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The airline would cancel some flights, reduce the number of flights to certain destinations, and reschedule others.


Low-cost carrier Flydubai has said it will operate flights to 39 of its destinations from Dubai World Central (DWC), also known as Al Maktoum International Airport. DWC is located in Jebel Ali, about 60km from DXB.

These are the Flydubai destinations that will operate from DWC: Addis Ababa, Abha, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Colombo, Cochin, Delhi, Gassim, Gizan, Ha’il, Hyderabad, Isfahan, Karachi, Lucknow, Lar, Faisalabad, Chennai, Medinah, Mashhad, Multan, Najaf, Riyadh, Istanbul, Sialkot, Shiraz, Ta’if, Thiruvananthapuram, and Tabuk.

While these destinations will operate from both DXB and DWC: Amman, Bahrain, Beirut, Dammam, Alexandria, Jeddah, Kabul, Khartoum, Kuwait, and Muscat.

Flights to all other Flydubai destinations will continue to operate from DXB.

Did you know?

The last time DXB operated with just one runway was in 2014, due to upgrade and repair work on both its runways. That closure, which lasted for 80 days, reportedly cost Emirates an estimated $467 million (Dhs1.7 billion) in lost revenue.

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