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Emirates Outlines 2019 Schedule During Runway Closure

January 15, 2019 / Airwise

Emirates will ground up to 48 aircraft and reduce flights by 25 percent during a planned closure of one of Dubai International Airport’s two runways in April and May. The 45-day closure of DXB’s southern runway is due to extensive maintenance work required on the heavily used strip.The airline said that the limitations of operating on a single runway will mean “many Emirates flights will be cancelled, re-timed or have the operating aircraft changed in order to reduce impact on customers.”In addition to the service update caused by the runway work, the Dubai-based carrier announced schedule changes for the year ahead. These include more flights to Africa and Europe, but a reduction in Sydney services. The airline’s president, Tim Clark said the airline is “agile in deploying our aircraft to destinations where it best serves customer demand.