Dubai International Airport to close southern runway for 45 days in 2019 for upgrade

The plans to close Dubai International’s (DXB) southern runway for a 45-day period in 2019  were revealed by the airport authorities. The runway will be shut down so that a comprehensive upgrade designed to boost safety, service and capacity levels could be conducted.

The airport operator also revealed that although ongoing runway maintenance is scheduled on a weekly basis, but more extensive upgrades require a complete closure of the runway.

the placement of approximately 60,000 tones of asphalt and 8,000 cubic meters of concrete to strengthen and resurface the runway and the adjacent taxiway will be carried out during the upgrade. The shutdown of the southern runway will also be used as an opportunity  to install 800km of primary cables and replace over 5,500 runway lights with more modern, economic and environmentally friendly technology.

The authorities had kept in mind that the shutdown should least affect the airport services and hence the work is scheduled to hit the floors from April 16 to May 30 when passenger traffic historically ebbs due to a seasonal lull.

Paul Griffiths, Dubai Airports CEO said: “While we regret any inconvenience this may cause to our airline customers and our passengers, these upgrades are absolutely necessary to heighten safety, boost capacity and pave the way for future growth.”
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