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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).

El Al will not be able to maintain its full schedule to Dubai

From Reuters:

“El Al Israel Airlines said on Thursday it would not be able to maintain a full flight schedule to Dubai from Sunday due to disagreements over security arrangements in Dubai.

Tens of thousands of Israelis who had already purchased tickets will not be able to fly, it said.”

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Kenya Airways to resume flights to Dubai

Kenya Airways Boeing 737-8Q8 WL 5Y-KYE (msn 35286) JNB (Ton Jochems). Image: 956614.

Kenya Airways (KQ) has announced the resumption of daily flights to Dubai effective January 31, 2022.

This follows the ease on travel restrictions that had been issued by the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) on flights from Kenya and other African nations.

The lifting of the travel ban into and out of Dubai takes effect from January 29, 2022, 14:30hrs Dubai time.

It will impact flights traveling from Kenya, Congo Brazzaville, Congo DRC, Botswana, Ethiopia, Eswatini, Ghana, Guinea, Lesotho, Liberia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Top Copyright Photo: Kenya Airways Boeing 737-8Q8 WL 5Y-KYE (msn 35286) JNB (Ton Jochems). Image: 956614.

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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.

LOT Polish Airlines now flies to Dubai, will return to Miami

LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 SP-LVA (msn 64067) LHR (Wingnut). Image: 943499.

LOT Polish Airlines on September 26 launched the Warsaw – Dubai route with SP-LVA, a new route for the company.

An inaugural ceremony was conducted along with special items to celebrate the launch.

The route will be operated three days a week – Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays.

In other news, LOT Polish will return to Miami December 10, 2021 with three weekly Dreamliner flights.

Top Copyright Photo: LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 SP-LVA (msn 64067) LHR (Wingnut). Image: 943499.

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airBaltic launches flights to Dubai

airBaltic yesterday launched direct flights between Riga and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. airBaltic now connects both cities with four weekly flights.

Destination served Flight frequency Start date Price *, GREEN Price *, GREEN Classic Price*, Business
Riga–Dubai 4 flights weekly September 27, 2021 339 EUR 439 EUR 1 389 EUR

Flights between Riga and Dubai are operated by the Airbus A220-300aircraft.

Emirates to offer a complimentary Expo Pass if you fly to Dubai

Emirates has made this announcement:

Emirates, the Premier Partner and Official Airline of Expo 2020 Dubai, has launched an exclusive offer for customers to experience the excitement of the World Expo, the largest-of-its-kind event in the region. 

Emirates customers visiting Dubai, and traveling through Dubai, anytime during the much-awaited mega event running from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022, will be eligible to receive a free Emirates Expo Day Pass for every flight ticket booked with Emirates. 

The special offer is valid on all return tickets that include a flight to or through Dubai, for travel dates between October 1, 2021, and March 31, 2022*. The offer is applicable to tickets purchased in First Class, Business Class and Economy Class and extends to tickets booked through Emirates for flights on flydubai and customers travelling to anywhere on Emirates’ global network with a connection time of at least six hours in Dubai. One-way ticket holders whose journey originates outside the UAE are entitled to receive the complimentary Expo Day Pass if travelling to Dubai or onwards to other destinations if the minimum connection time is met.

Whether exploring Dubai solo, as a family, or reconnecting with family and friends, there has never been a better time to visit Dubai than now. Besides being at the epicenter of the largest themed event that promises to bring the world to one destination, visitors to Dubai during the six-month period can expect to enjoy a host of activities and special offers to celebrate the UAE’s golden jubilee, marking the 50th anniversary of the country’s formation. 

The good news does not end here. Travelers with upcoming travel plans and are already in the UAE, including UAE residents, will be pleased to know that they are also eligible to receive a complimentary Expo Day Pass as long as their itinerary includes a journey back to Dubai during the six-month period that coincides with Expo. 

As Premier Partner and Official Airline of Expo 2020 Dubai, Emirates will soon launch various Expo-themed packages to allow its worldwide customers to enjoy the excitement of the 182-day event and experience what its host city of Dubai has to offer.  

Mile-A-Minute Offer

Customers will also earn 1 Skywards Mile for every 1 minute spent in Dubai between October 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022. Existing and new Emirates Skywards members who sign up for the program before March 31, 2022, can avail the offer on Emirates.com, and will earn up to 5,000 Miles. The offer is applicable on all Emirates flight tickets purchased between August 1, 2021, and March 31, 2022, for travel during Expo 2020 Dubai. Emirates marketed, flydubai operated flights with an Emirates (EK) flight number are included in the offer.

Expo Dubai 2020

Expo 2020 Dubai will be the first World Expo ever hosted in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia (MEASA) region. Through the theme of Connecting Minds, Creating the Future, Expo 2020 Dubai aims to inspire people by showcasing the best examples of collaboration, innovation, and cooperation from around the world, through sustainability, mobility, and opportunity. 

The six-month spectacular’s bustling program will be packed with experiences to suit all ages and interests, including a rich line-up of themed weeks, entertainment, and edutainment, while art and culture vultures, foodies and technology fanatics can expect to enjoy exhibits, workshops, performances, live shows and more. Architecture aficionados will be surrounded by inspiring designs throughout Expo 2020. Visitors can drop by their national pavilion for a taste of home, the 190 other country pavilions to experience other cultures and distinctive offerings, or various thematic and special pavilions to get a glimpse of the future and the innovations that are making a difference in tomorrow’s world.

Emirates Pavilion

Travel and aviation enthusiasts can visit the Emirates’ dedicated pavilion to experience the future of commercial aviation in UAE’s centennial year 2071. At the center of this must-see pavilion, visitors can expect to engage in immersive experiences that will provide a glimpse into the future of aircraft cabin design, how the flying experience is being redefined, as well upcoming lightweight materials and technologies that will improve flying performance and fuel economy for a sustainable future. Visitors should also not miss the opportunity to design an aircraft and engage with interactive exhibits that introduce the principles of flight. 

The Philippines Pavilion

The Philippines Pavilion in Expo 2020 Dubai is an architectural marvel designed to evoke the coral reef. The coral reef represents the archipelagic nature of the Philippines and embodies the qualities of the Filipino people that allow them to remain hyper-connected while building vibrant communities in many nations around the world. In celebration of these virtues, the pavilion is appropriately named Bangkóta, derived from the ancient Tagalog term for a coral reef, and is aimed at promoting sustainability.

The Philippines Pavilion promises to highlight the artistry of globally recognized Filipinos at one of the most anticipated international events this year. Led by Philippine National Artist for Music Ramon P. Santos, a diverse selection of the country’s most outstanding artists will showcase their work at the pavilion. Other artists that will showcase their work at the Philippines Pavilion in Expo 2020 Dubai are Lee Paje, Scott “Gutsy” Tuazon, Ivan Sarenas, Dex Fernandez, and many more.

LOT Polish Airlines to fly to Dubai

Delivered on May 8, 2017

LOT Polish Airlines has announced it will be launching Warsaw – Dubai flights starting on September 19, 2021.

The routes will be served with Boeing 737-800s (top) and 787 Dreamliners (below).

Top Copyright Photo: LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 737-89P WL SP-LWA (msn 30682) LHR (Rolf Wallner). Image: 948297.

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