The runway repair work at Dubai International in May has led airlines to choose between Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central, while others have opted to head to Sharjah International, as reported by Gulf News.
Malaysia Airlines, Royal Brunei and flydubai are some of airlines which have confirmed operations from Al Maktoum International. Whereas Jet Airways, SpiceJet and Cebu Pacific will operate from Sharjah International.
Dubai Airports previously mentioned that it is providing free landing for passenger airlines and free parking for up to six hours for airlines moving to Al Maktoum International during the 80-day period. However, Sharjah International, which is roughly 20 kilometres from Dubai International, is proving more feasible for some airlines.
A shift to Al Maktoum International could provide airlines with a preview of what it will be like to operate from the airport. The airport’s current capacity is five to seven million passengers a year and will be expanded over the next six years to 160 m. Dubai International has said it will cut 26% of flights from 1 May until 20 July when scheduled runway repairs take place.