Published on : Thursday, September 13, 2018
Last year, the Dubai International Airport (DXB) retained its position as the world’s number one international airport for the fourth consecutive year with annual passenger traffic exceeding 88.2 million.
DXB connects 240 destinations around the world through about 140 airlines and is expected to serve 90.2 million passengers this year, according to Dubai Airports’ CEO Paul Griffiths.
Griffiths said that of the two runways of DXB, one needs a total refurbishment and during a 45-day period starting in April 2019, the runway will be closed for a full redevelopment programme.
“We are working with our airline partners to manage the frequency reductions that will be necessary, because we will be operating on one runway at DXB during the period. We will work closely with them to reduce the number of flights, and also transfer some of those flights to Dubai World Central (DWC) airport,” said Griffiths.
He said the Dubai Airports is working with its partners to bring in new ways of speeding through the airport, ascertaining relaxing journey for the customers.
Griffiths added, “One of the most important things we have done this year is to open our new operations control centre. This is a state-of-the-art facility and gives us an opportunity to work closely with everyone across the entire airport community using 90 different data systems to make timely, effective and speedy decisions to support our customer service. We continue to invest in the sharp end of our business. We announced in July the purchase of 22 state-of-the-art Panther 8 x 8 fire trucks, which are a very impressive addition to our fleet.”
The airport is in the final stages of an ambitious expansion programme which will see its capacity boosted to handle 26 million passengers a year.
“We have a lot to do and there are many challenges ahead. But I am more confident than ever that we have the right people, the right processes and the right technology to maintain and continue our successful journey,” Griffiths said.