Dubai's DXB returns to full capacity as runway reopens
Emirates Boeing 777 aircraft from Seattle was the first to touch down on the fresh tarmac following a 45-day refurbishment programme
Dubai's DXB, the world's busiest international airport, has returned to full capacity following the reopening of its southern runway.
After a 45-day refurbishment programme, an Emirates Boeing 777 aircraft from Seattle was the first to touch down on the fresh tarmac on Thursday evening.
According to Dubai Airports, scheduling experts optimised DXB’s remaining runway operation so that there was only a 32 percent reduction in the number of available seats during the closure.
Because of the additional capacity provided by Dubai World Central, the number of flights across the Dubai Airport system saw a reduction of only 19 percent, as well as a seat reduction of 20 percent.
DWC is understood to have handled an average of 145 passenger flights per day during the period of the airport closure. Airlines that used the airport included flydubai, Wizz Air, Aeroflot, Indigo, SpiceJet, Gulf Air, Kuwait Airways and flynas.
During the runway closure, more than 18,500 truckloads of concrete, asphalt, materials and personnel were transported to and from the airport.