Bri­tish Air­ways re­veals plans to cope with DXB run­way clo­sure

UK flag car­rier says it will op­er­ate a larger A380 to Dubai so it can fly as many pas­sen­gers as pos­si­ble dur­ing run­way dis­rup­tion

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Bri­tish Air­ways has con­firmed it will fly a larger A380 air­craft to Dubai next year dur­ing the clo­sure of a run­way at Dubai In­ter­na­tional Air­port. The UK flag car­rier told Ara­bian Busi­ness that the A380 will be in­tro­duced on the Lon­don Heathrow to Dubai route to en­sure the air­line can carry as many pas­sen­gers as pos­si­ble dur­ing the run­way clo­sure.

“Like all air­lines, we’re af­fected by the clo­sure of one of the run­ways at Dubai Air­port in spring 2019. In or­der to en­sure we can carry as many cus­tomers as pos­si­ble dur­ing this time, we plan to op­er­ate one of our flights us­ing a larger A380 air­craft on this route,” a spokesman said in a state­ment.

Dubai In­ter­na­tional Air­port will close its south­ern run­way for 45 days from April 16 to carry out up­grade works. Last week, Emi­rates said it will re­duce the num­ber of flights it op­er­ates by nearly a third dur­ing the clo­sure of the run­way.

Emi­rates said it will can­cel some flights, re­duce the num­ber of flights to cer­tain des­ti­na­tions and resched­ule oth­ers dur­ing the up­grade work. Dubai In­ter­na­tional op­er­ated with one run­way for 80 days in 2014 with that clo­sure cost- ing the Emi­rates Group an es­ti­mated $467 mil­lion in lost rev­enue.

Fly­dubai also said it would move some flights to Dubai’s sec­ond air­port, Al Mak­toum In­ter­na­tional, dur­ing the tem­po­rary clo­sure.

DXB set a new world record for the busiest month with 8.37 mil­lion pas­sen­gers us­ing the trans­port hub in Au­gust.

A Bri­tish Air­ways A380 will be de­ployed for the 45-day pe­riod that DXB’s south­ern run­way will be closed.

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