Construction on Dubai International Airport’s south runway will see it close in 2019

By Sophie Chapman
The southern runway of Dubai’s International Airport (DXB) is set to close for 45 days in 2019 due to construction work. The asphalt airstrip will be...

The southern runway of Dubai’s International Airport (DXB) is set to close for 45 days in 2019 due to construction work.

The asphalt airstrip will be resurfaced between 16 April and 30 May next year as it closes to the end of its operational lifespan.

Workers will use approximately 60,000 tonnes of asphalt and 8,000m3 of concrete during the project.

The materials will resurface and strengthen the runway and connecting taxiways of one of the busiest airports in the world.

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The construction work will also include 5,500 ground lights to be fixed, and 800km of cables to be installed.

“In the months ahead we will be working closely with Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects, airlines and other stakeholders to ensure we optimise service and capacity during this period next year and minimise the impact on our customers,” noted the CEO of Dubai Airports, Paul Griffiths.

“While we regret any inconvenience this may cause to our airline customers and our passengers, these upgrades are absolutely necessary to heighten safety, boost capacity and pave the way for future growth.”

The airport conducted a similar upgrading job on its northern runway in 2014.

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