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Dubai Airports to close DXB’s northern runway for refurbishment

Dubai Airports today confirmed plans to close Dubai International’s (DXB) northern runway for a 45-day period between May 9 and June 22, 2022 to carry out complete refurbishment that will ensure continued safety and efficient operations.

While regular runway maintenance is scheduled on a weekly basis, more extensive upgrades such as the one planned require a complete closure of the runway. The last time this level of work was carried out on the northern runway was in 2014, while the southern runway underwent similar improvements in 2019. Dubai Airports continues to invest in developing and maintaining its world class infrastructure to enhance customer service quality and capacity and maintain its position as the world’s busiest international airport.

As DXB is a dual runway operation, the hub will continue to welcome guests throughout this period. A number of flights will however be redirected to Dubai World Central (DWC), Dubai’s second airport, to limit the impact on service during the closure period. Dubai Airports has provided advance notice to all airlines to plan for flight reductions and schedule planning accordingly.

Dubai Airports has also advised passengers who are due to travel into or out of Dubai during the closure period to check with their respective airlines the airport and/or terminal of arrival/departure ahead of their journeys.

Dubai Airports is the operator of both of Dubai’s airports – Dubai International (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC).

Only ticketed passengers to be allowed entry to DXB terminals during the ongoing peak travel period

As part of its measures to minimize crowding at the airport and ensure the health and well-being of its passengers and frontline employees, Dubai Airports has announced that only ticketed passengers will be allowed entry to the terminals at Dubai International (DXB) during the ongoing peak travel period.

An estimated 2 million passengers are expected to pass through DXB between December 29, 2021 and January 8, 2022 with average daily traffic exceeding 178,000 travellers. January 2 will be the busiest day of the holiday season with more than 198,000 passengers expected.

Essa Al Shamsi, Vice President of Terminal Operations at Dubai Airports said, “We always advise friends and families of travelers to say their goodbyes at home instead of coming to the airport. This is even more important now given the situation with the pandemic and the high volume of passengers using the airport during the peak holiday season. If a friend or family member is flying out of Dubai during the next 10 days, people can help us in a big way in minimizing congestion in and around the airport and making travel safer and easier for everyone by simply not coming to the airport to see them off.”

Meanwhile, Dubai Airports has shared the following important tips for customers traveling during the holiday season to ensure a smooth start to their journey.

 

  • Be aware of the latest travel regulations for the destination you are traveling to. Get in touch with your respective airlines and ensure that you have all the necessary documents with the required validity before reaching the airport.
  • Plan some extra time to get to and through the airport as the roads to DXB could get busy during peak times.
  • Arrive at the airport no earlier than 3 hours before your departure if you are flying out of Terminals 1 or 2. Check-in online and use self-service options wherever available to start your journey in comfort.

DXB to welcome 1.8m passengers in the next 11 days

Dubai Airports has issued a passenger advisory alerting travelers about Dubai International (DXB) getting exceptionally busy over the coming days and weeks. According to the operator, as many as 1.8 million passengers are expected to pass through DXB between November 25 and December 5 with average daily traffic reaching 164,000 passengers. December 4 is expected to be the busiest day during this period with passenger numbers likely to surpass the 190,000 mark.

Considering that travel requirements have changed globally due to the pandemic, Dubai Airports strongly urges all customers to:

 

  • Be aware of the latest travel regulations for the destination you are travelling to. We urge passengers to get in touch with their respective airlines and ensure that they have all the necessary documents with the required validity before reaching the airport.
  • Plan some extra time to get to and through the airport as the roads to DXB could get busy during peak times.
  • Arrive at the airport no earlier than 3 hours before your departure if you are flying out of Terminal 1. Those departing from Terminal 3 can beat the queues by check-in up to 24 hours ahead of their departure.
  • Use online and self-service options wherever available to get off to a smooth start to your journey.
  • Say your goodbyes at home as only ticketed passengers will be allowed to enter the departure zone during peak hours throughout this busy period.

DXB braces for exceptionally busy weekends

Dubai Airports has urged travelers to stay abreast of the latest travel regulations and plan their journeys as DXB is preparing for what could be the hub’s busiest weekends so far this year. The world’s busiest international airport is expecting to handle more than a million passengers over the next 11 days (August 12-22) with daily peaks averaging 100,000 passengers during weekends.

The surge is the outcome of a coinciding of the seasonal peak at the end of the summer holidays when families travel back to the UAE with recent changes in travel regulations for the UAE affecting several countries. The UAE recently eased travel regulations for inbound and transit passengers from several Asian and African countries including India, while the UK upgraded the UAE to its ‘Amber’ list of countries opening travel for certain category of travelers.

Considering that travel requirements have changed globally over recent weeks and months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Dubai Airports strongly urges all customers to:

 

  • Always check with their airline for information on travel requirements specific to their journey.
  • Confirm the terminal their flight is arriving into/departing from before coming to the airport.
  • Make sure they are aware of and meet the travel requirements of the country they are traveling to (including a negative PCR test report before the start of their journey).
  • Use the airport’s ample designated parking areas or valet service to receive their guests in comfort. Stopping vehicles to pick up guests from the arrivals forecourt is a traffic violation and causes congestion in and around the terminal.
  • Ensure they always wear a protective face mask and maintain physical distancing at the airport.
  • Abstain from traveling or visiting public places and seek medical advice if they are experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms.
  • Ensure that their travel documents (passport and Visa) are updated and valid before heading to the airport.
  • Say their goodbyes at home to help avoid crowding at the terminal forecourt.

Dubai Airports is working closely with its service and commercial partners including 55 international carriers, 100 plus food and beverage and retail outlets, and control and health authorities, to ensure the well-being and comfort of the customers.

 

DXB is taking comprehensive measures to maintain the health, safety and wellbeing of customers and staff across its facilities. These measures include periodic cleaning, facilitating the testing of inbound passengers and vaccination of airport staff, social distancing markers, providing hand sanitiser stations around the airport, use of protective plexiglass at check-in and immigration counters, availability of PPE and facilities for the safe disposal and handling of biohazard material (PPEs), in addition to increased levels of sanitisation in compliance with international standards as set out by relevant local and federal authorities.

Dubai retains title with the largest number of international passengers for 2016

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Dubai International has retained its title as the world’s number one airport for international passengers with annual traffic reaching 83.6 million passengers in 2016, according to the annual traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports.

DXB’s annual traffic in 2016 totalled 83,654,250 passengers, compared to 78,014,838 in 2015, up 7.2 per cent. The surge of travellers during the holiday season boosted monthly traffic in December to 7,706,351, up 9.3 per cent compared to 7,053,243 recorded in December 2015.

During 2016 a number of new airlines, including Nepal Airlines and Rossiya, launched services to DXB, while 11 new passenger destinations were added to the hub following network expansion by flydubai, Emirates and other carriers.

India continued to lead as Dubai’s single largest destination country in 2016 with 11,440,215 passengers in 2016, up 10.1 per cent compared to 10,391,376 recorded in 2015. Saudi Arabia took the second spot with 6,086,158 passengers (+11.3 per cent) just marginally overtaking the UK at 6,061,342 (+6.7 per cent). Among cities, London took the top spot with 3,751,596 passengers, while Doha clocked 2,999,762 passengers followed by Mumbai with 2,357,103 passengers.

DXB also leads the way globally in terms of the average number of passengers per flight which reached 209 during 2016, up 4 per cent from the same period in 2015.

Aircraft movements in 2016 reached 418,220 compared to 406,705 in 2015, up 2.8 per cent.

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