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The southern runway refurbishment project will involve 60,000 tonnes of asphalt and 8,000 m³ of concrete The southern runway refurbishment project will involve 60,000 tonnes of asphalt and 8,000 m³ of concrete

Dubai International to Upgrade Runway

Dubai Airports has confirmed plans to close Dubai International’s southern runway for a 45-day period in 2019 to conduct a comprehensive upgrade.

To limit the impact on service, the upgrade work is scheduled to take place from April 16 – May 30, 2019 when passenger traffic ebbs due to a seasonal lull.

The upgrade is designed to boost safety, service and capacity levels at the airport which operates around the clock, 365 days a year with over 1,100 aircraft movements per day, and featuring predominantly wide-body aircraft.

Dubai Airports noted that while ongoing runway maintenance is scheduled on a weekly basis, more extensive upgrades require a complete runway closure. The southern runway is nearing the end of its design life and requires the complete resurfacing and replacement of the airfield ground lighting and supporting infrastructure.