Emirates reduces flight schedule ahead of Dubai runway maintenance

The repairs will take over a month.
The repairs will take over a month. Photo credit: Getty Images

Emirates will reduce the number of flights it operates by nearly a third when one of Dubai International Airport's two runways is closed for maintenance.

The runway will be closed for 45 days beginning in the middle of April. It will be resurfaced and new lights will be put in place

It's not surprising the runway is in need of work. The airport handled 88.2 million passengers last year, 58.5 million of those were on Emirates alone.

Dubai's main airport is the hub for both Emirates and FlyDubai, and an engine for Dubai's economy, which relies heavily on tourism and travel.

A similar runway closure in 2014 cost Emirates airline an estimated NZD$721 million.

The reduction in flights will be achieved with a mixture of cancellations and operating some routes less frequently than normal.

FlyDubai plans to move some of its flights to a smaller airport in Dubai while maintenance takes place.


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