Emirates airline will cancel certain flights and reduce frequencies to some destinations next year due to the closure of Dubai International airport’s runway for an upgrade, the Dubai-based carrier said.
“In line with Dubai Airports‘ plans to close Dubai International’s (DXB) southern runway for upgrade works between April 16 and May 30, 2019, Emirates can confirm that it will be required to reduce its operating schedule during this time as single runway operations necessitate capacity cuts from airlines operating at DXB. During the runway closure period, Emirates will cancel certain flights, reduce frequencies to some destinations and re-time some flights based on slots availability,” the airline’s spokesperson said in the statement sent to Khaleej Times.
“With flights to the US not yet operating at double-daily capacity to cities like Seattle and Boston, we can see that Emirates already has slack in its network to absorb flight reductions. There’s also the possibility it could shift flights out to Dubai World Central (DWC).”
According to Emirates spokesperson, the airline is working closely with all stakeholders to ensure optimisation of its operations and minimise the impact on its customers.
On an average, Dubai International handles 1,100 aircraft movements per day featuring predominantly wide-body aircraft.
Dubai Airports had said that airlines would be required to reduce their operations during the 45-day period due to the significant capacity reduction resulting from single runway operations. In terms of flight movements, the reduction in capacity was earlier estimated at approximately 43 per cent.
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