Air traffic will fall by 26% at Dubai International Airport during the upcoming 80-day runway closure, when eight carrier will divert services to Al Maktoum International.
Form 1 May to 20 July, passengers travelling to Dubai International may experience service disruption as authorities conduct essential upgrade to the two runways.
During this period, some traffic will be diverted to Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC). Eight airlines have reserved slots to operate into Dubai’s second airport during this period, when more than 300 flights are expected to depart every week.
In order to minimise inconvenience to passengers, Dubai Airports will provide a luxury courtesy shuttle every 30 minutes for passengers connecting between the two airports.
Passengers are urged to double-check with their respective airlines to confirm their airport of departure or arrival.
Additionally, passengers and residents in the vicinity of the airport should be prepared for extra construction-related road traffic which may also increase travel times to and from Dubai International.
The upgrade project involves the resurfacing of the entire 4,000m northern runway, which is nearing the end of its design life, as well as the upgrading of runway lighting and construction of additional taxiways and rapid exits on the southern runway.