Dubai International's northern runway reopens after upgrade
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Dubai International’s northern runway reopens after upgrade

Dubai International’s northern runway reopens after upgrade

The first flights were welcomed onto the upgraded runway on the afternoon of June 22

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The northern runway of Dubai International (DXB) airport has now reopened.

Dubai Airports has completed the northern runway rehabilitation programme as of 2pm on June 22, 2022, it announced on Twitter.

The first flights post the completion of the refurbishment were welcomed on the afternoon of June 22, facilitating DXB’s return to a dual-runway operation. The northern runaway was closed from May 9 until June 22, 2022, to carry out a complete refurbishment. Regular runway maintenance is scheduled on a weekly basis, but extensive upgrades require a complete closure of the runway.

Read: Dubai Airports to close DXB’s northern runway for 45 days

Several flights had transitioned to Dubai World Central (DWC) during the rehabilitation period. Dubai-based flydubai was operating flights to more than 30 destinations from DWC during the closure of the runway.

Read: Flydubai to operate flights to select destinations from Dubai World Central from May 9

Meanwhile, passenger traffic at Dubai International is expected to surge this summer, as some 2.4 million travellers are expected to pass through DXB between June 24 and July 4.

July 2 is expected to be the busiest day, with daily traffic exceeding 235,000 passengers. Similar passenger numbers are anticipated at the airport over the Eid Al Adha weekend of July 8 and 9.

Read: Dubai’s DXB to welcome 2.4 million passengers from June 24 until July 4

Flydubai also expects three million passengers to travel across its network this summer.

Read more: Three million passengers are expected to travel across flydubai’s network this summer

Dubai-based carrier Emirates too has said that over 550,000 customers are expected to fly out from the UAE between June and July on over its 2,400 weekly network-wide flights.

Read: Emirates expects over 550,000 passengers to fly out from UAE in June, July

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