• 13 Apr
    Dubai airport runway upgrade to hit flights from May

    Source: The Hindu Business Line

    With Dubai International Airport planning a major runway upgrade from May 1, at least two airlines have decided to curtail their flights to the Gulf nation.

    While IndiGo will temporarily curtail some of its flights from Delhi and Mumbai to Dubai, Emirates plans to reduce flights to Delhi and Bangalore from May.

    The Dubai airport operator has said that the move will see a 26 per cent reduction in flights to Dubai International Airport during 80-day upgrade work.

    An IndiGo spokesperson said that the airline will operate 37 weekly flights from six Indian cities to Dubai International airport against 56 weekly flights at present.

    To overcome any problems in its operations, Jet Airways and other global airlines such as Malaysia Airlines are to temporarily shift operations to Dubai World Central (DCW), which is about 40 km from the Dubai International Airport.

    Currently, Air India, Air India Express, Jet Airways, IndiGo and SpiceJet operate flights to Dubai International Airport.

    It was not immediately clear if other Indian carriers will also temporarily move their operations to DCW or curtail operations.

    In a statement, Dubai Airport said that during the upgrade work the runways will be closed alternatively — the southern runway from May 1 to May 31, and the northern runway from May 31 to July 20 this year.

    Dubai Airport has urged passengers to double-check with their respective airlines’ websites to confirm their airport of departure or arrival. Besides, Dubai Airport’s website www.dubaiairports.ae can also be consulted, the statement adds.