After 45 days the southern runway refurbishment at the world’s busiest international airport, DXB, has concluded meaning the airport is once again fully open for business.
At 17:54 this evening, Thursday 30 May, the first aircraft – an Emirates Boeing777 travelling from Seattle – touched down on the newly refurbished tarmac marking the reopening and allowing DXB to return to full capacity. During the runway refurbishment programme more than 18,500 truckloads of concrete, asphalt, materials and personnel were transported to and from the airport. At peak times this saw more than 90 construction vehicles per hour entering and exiting the airport.
Scheduling experts optimised DXB’s one runway operation so there was only a 32% reduction in flights for the period at DXB. Traffic at Dubai’s second airport, DWC, increased by nearly 700% during the period and was applauded by customers and airlines for its speed, efficiency and convenience. As DXB has returned to full operation customers are advised to check to confirm their departing or arriving airport.