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Dubai International Runway Closure May Cut Seats by 29%

  • Airport will close southern runway for 45 days from April 16
  • Overall capacity to drop 20% as some carriers move to DWC
Passport control counters at Dubai's International Airport. 

Passport control counters at Dubai's International Airport. 

Photographer: AFP Contributor/AFP

Available airline seats at Dubai International will decline by 29 percent as the world’s busiest airport upgrades a runway.

Dubai Airports will commence the 45-day long refurbishment of the southern runway at Dubai International at 3 p.m. on April 16, it said in an emailed statement on Sunday. “The runway is nearing the end of its design life and requires a complete upgrade to accommodate future traffic growth,” it said.