Dubai airport seeks certification for runway reopening

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Dubai International airport has sought certification from the local General Civil Aviation Authority to reopen its northern runway after an 80-day upgrade programme.

Operator Dubai Airports plans to reopen the runway and relocate airlines that elected to operate from Al Maktoum International airport during the closure back to Dubai International on 21 July, it says.

“The opening of the northern runway and ramp up to a full schedule, when combined with the upcoming Eid holidays, will result in a significant surge in passenger numbers from 21 July,” says Paul Griffiths, chief executive of the airport operator, in a statement. “We have committed the resources and undertaken detailed planning to ensure that the transition to full two-runway operations… is smoothly and successfully managed.”

Both northern runway 12L/30R and southern runway 12R/30L have been refurbished and upgraded during consecutive closures since 1 May. Works include resurfacing, upgraded lights and additional taxiways and high-speed exits.

Equatorial Congo Airlines, Flydubai, Jet Airways, Malaysia Airlines, PAL Express, Royal Brunei Airlines, Ural Airlines and Yemenia moved to Al Maktoum during the closure.