Dubai: With world’s busiest airport, Dubai International’s (DXB) shutting down its northern runway for comprehensive upgrade, Dubai Airports have revealed that Dubai World Central (DWC) will offer its capacity and infrastructure for seamless guest experience during the closure.
DXB will close its northern runway for a 45-day window starting from 9th May to the 22nd of June 2022.
The planned upgrade is expected to boost safety, service and capacity levels for the tens of millions of passengers that use the airport every year.
During the rehabilitation period, DWC will handle 1000+ flights per week, majority of them being operated by flydubai, Spice Jet, Indigo and Gulf Air.
To support the excess passenger traffic, DWC will reopen its guest experience and service touchpoints to ensure a smooth transition. The airport’s facilities, including restaurants, cafes and retail outlets, will be fully operational, and check-in desks, customs and immigration will also be ready to welcome guests returning to the airport.
ADVISORIES TO PASSENGERS
Dubai Airports has urged all passengers who are planning to travel to and from Dubai during the maintenance period to check with their respective airlines in advance to confirm the airport and/or terminal.
Dubai Airports has also announced a special series of transport links between DXB and DWC. These will provide flexible options for those travelling during the 45-day closure, including an inter-airport complimentary 24/7 coach service for transfers between the two airports, free on-site parking facilities for passengers at DWC and special fares for RTA taxis flagged for journeys from DWC.
Close to 160,000 tons of asphalt and 30,000m3 of concrete will be used to rehabilitate the northern runway to strengthen and resurface the runway and the adjacent taxiways. Around 264 KM of secondary cables will be replaced, and over 4,400 runway lights have been upgraded to modern, economic and environmentally friendly technology as part of the project.
DXB’s northern runway previously underwent a similar rehabilitation program in 2014, and the southern runway was refurbished in 2019.