Emirates has just announced that “a significant number” of its operations will be affected by the closure of the southern runway at Dubai International Airport during April and May. In a statement, the carrier confirmed that many services will be re-timed or even canceled as a result of this work, which will last 45 days.
Emirates has announced that “a significant number” of its operations will be affected by maintenance work on the southern runway at Dubai International Airport (DXB) during the spring. From April 16 through to May 30 2019, this runway will be shut, meaning that the airport will operate with just a single runway.
As a consequence of this, the Gulf carrier has confirmed in a statement that “many Emirates flights will be canceled, re-timed or have the operating aircraft changed in order to reduce impact on customers. This will result in up to 48 Emirates aircraft not being utilized, with a 25% reduction in the overall number of flights operated by the airline during the 45-day period.”
It has not yet been revealed exactly which routes will be impacted by the closure of the southern runway at Dubai, but in offering their comments to Forbes, a spokesperson for the carrier told the outlet that “there are no routes which are being suspended entirely over the runway closure period.”
Speaking of any potential impact that this maintenance could have on the carrier and its operations, Emirates president Sir Tim Clark said, “The changes we are implementing to our network schedules in 2019 are in line with this approach, taking into consideration global market dynamics and operational limitations including the maintenance work on Dubai Airport’s southern runway. Through the year, we will continue to keep a close watch on global markets and will maintain our flexibility to optimize the usage of our aircraft assets.”