Indian carriers are cutting more than a third of about 275 weekly flights to Dubai as one of the two runways
at the airport will remain shut for nearly three months starting 1 May.
The carriers have either cancelled flights or rescheduled them to Sharjah, which is half an hour from Dubai, executives at IndiGo, Jet Airways, Air India and SpiceJet told the Economic Times. Dubai will close its Southern Runway for routine maintenance till end of the month and the Northern Runway till 20 July once the first one becomes operational, thereby effectively operating one runway for 80 days. The move will reduce the airport’s capacity by 25%, the airport said in a presentation.
“IndiGo will be operating from the Dubai airport with some reduction of frequencies from Delhi and Mumbai. We currently operate 56 weekly flights from 6 cities to Dubai which will be reduced to 37 weekly flights from 6 cities,” said a spokesperson for the airline.
Jet Airways has shifted about 18 flights from Mangalore, Delhi and Mumbai to Sharjah, while SpiceJet while filing its summer schedule diverted 14 of its 42 weekly flights from Dubai to Sharjah. Air India has taken out 17 of its Dubai flights, while its subsidiary Air India Express, which has the highest number of flights to Dubai has diverted 27 of them from Amritsar, Jaipur, Lucknow, Pune, Mangalore and Trichy to Sharjah.