Runway Rehab at Dubai International Causes Constraints

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Dubai International Airport (OMDB) will be operating at a reduced capacity through June 22 due to the closure of its 13,120-foot northern Runway 12L/30R for an upgrade “designed to enhance safety, service, and capacity levels,” according to the airport.

The project will involve strengthening and resurfacing the runway and the adjacent taxiways, the replacement of cables, and the installation of energy-efficient lighting fixtures. The southern 14,590-foot Runway 12R/30L was closed in 2019 for a similar reconstruction. The airport operator noted that during this period more than 1,000 flights per week will be diverted to nearby Al Maktoum International/Dubai World Central (OMDW).

Jet Aviation, which has FBOs at both airports noted both facilities will be fully operational during the runway closure period and its maintenance operation at OMDB will have slots available for uninterrupted access. The company told AIN that its goal eventually is to build its own hangar infrastructure at OMDW to be able to accommodate maintenance activity at its facility there as well.