Work on the runways at Dubai International Airport will force Emirates to cut flights to more than 40 destinations this summer.
The airline has confirmed it will ground 20 aircraft in May, 22 in June, and 22 in July, as both runways at Dubai International close alternately for resurfacing work.
Emirates said it will continue to serve all of its destinations during the 80-day period, but more than 40 destinations will see fewer flights and the timings of some routes will be changed.
“Customers who have booked to fly with us, or are considering to fly with us during this time, can be assured that it is business as usual,” said Emirates’ president, Tim Clark.
“On routes where Emirates has had to reduce frequency, we have upgraded to bigger aircraft where possible to recover part of the capacity. We have done a lot of preparation work behind the scenes together with all airport stakeholders, to ensure that there will be as little inconvenience to our customers as possible, and we look forward to resuming our full schedule of flights in July.”
Clark added that the disruption is likely to cost Emirates approximately AED1 billion (US$272 million) in lost revenue.
The runway work will run from 1 May to 20 July 2014.