An airport has to keep its runways in good condition to ensure its smooth operation at any given time. Runways are subject to operational wear and tear given their high usage round the clock in airports like Dubai International which remained the world’s top airport for international passengers for the fifth consecutive year. Runways are at the core of an airport’s infrastructure which includes the terminal building, taxiways and the apron areas.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) considers runway safety to be one of the highest priorities for airports. Dubai International has been upfront in ensuring the smooth and timely movements of aircraft on its runway 24/7.
Runway resurfacing is a common occurrence with airports around the world, but at the DXB, runway closures are more complex and needed meticulous planning.
Over a 45-day period beginning mid-April, DXB went ahead with the complete resurfacing of its southern runway due to the end of its design life. To limit the impact on service, the project has been carried out during the summer season. Al Maktoum International alternatively absorbed the affected scheduled flights as well as charter, cargo and general aviation operations.
The Southern Runway Rehabilitation (SRR) project took off after the northern runway underwent a similar refurbishment in 2014. Dubai Airports formed several operational and planning groups and task forces with representatives from across stakeholder groups to ensure smooth transition and operations throughout the programme at both the airports. The entire operation remained as seamless as possible. The SRR will add value to the airport’s aircraft handling capacity.
I thank everyone who worked on the project to finish it as scheduled, thereby showing that Dubai always finishes its projects on time to move ahead to the next level of growth.
Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum