Dubai runway overhaul to see eight airlines shift to second hub

Airlines to temporarily relocate include flydubai, Jet Airways, Royal Brunei and Malaysia Airlines

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A runway overhaul at Dubai’s main airport will see eight carriers temporarily relocate to the city’s second hub, officials said on Sunday.

Dubai International Airport, the world’s second-busiest air hub, will upgrade its northern and southern runways over 80 days from May 1 to July 20, according to a statement.

“The project involves the resurfacing of the entire 4,000-metre long northern runway, which is nearing the end of its design life, as well as the upgrading of runway lighting and construction of additional taxiways and rapid exits on the southern runway,” Dubai Airports said in a statement.

During this time eight airlines will relocate to Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC), on the other side of the city.

The airport authority urged passengers flying during this period to check with their airlines as to whether their arrival or departure airport had changed.

The eight airlines to relocate to DWC for the 80-day period are: flydubai, PAL Express, Jet Airways, Royal Brunei Airlines, Yemenia Airlines, Equatorial Congo Airlines, Malaysia Airlines or Ural Airlines.

Another six airlines – Wizz Air, Gulf Air, Jazeera Airlines, Qatar Airways, Eastern Horizon Airlines and Eastern SkyJets – already operate from DWC and will continue to operate during the 80-day period, Dubai Airports said.

Dubai’s flagship airline Emirates will not shift its services away from Dubai International Airport, the authority said. But it warned of extra construction-related road traffic around the older airport, which may increase travel times.

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