Pakistan, India and other flights to move to Al Maktoum International Airport next week


Staff Report

Dubai carrier flydubai will operate flights to 42 cities from Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central (DWC) during Dubai International’s (DXB) runway closure from April 16 to May 30.

The carrier said in a statement that flights to Alexandria, Bahrain, Dammam, Jeddah, Kabul, Kathmandu, Kuwait and Muscat will be operational from both the airports during the southern runway’s upgrade for 45 days.

Flight to certain cities of India, Jordan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Oman and others will be operating from the DWC.

The cities which will be served from Al Maktoum Airport are the Indian cities of Ahmedabad, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kozhikode, Lucknow and Mumbai; and Pakistani cities of Faisalabad, Karachi, Multan and Sialkot.

Flydubai will operate from the DWC to Saudi cities of Abha, Dammam, Gassim, Gizan, Ha’il, Hofuf, Jeddah, Medina, Riyadh, Tabuk and Ta’if; and the Iranian cities of Esfahan, Lar, Mashhad and Shiraz, the airline said.

The other cities that will be catered from the DWC by flydubai are Addis Ababa, Alexandria, Amman, Bahrain, Bishkek, Chittagong, Colombo, Istanbul, Kabul, Kathmandu, Khartoum, Kuwait, Muscat and Najaf.

Dubai-headquartered carrier Emirates will not have any flights operating from DWC during the runway maintenance period. Many Emirates flights will be cancelled, rescheduled or have the operating aircraft changed in order to reduce impact on passengers, it said earlier.

The carrier had said that up to 48 aircraft would not be utilised with a 25 per cent reduction in the overall number of flights operated by the airline during the 45-day period.

With several flights expected to be affected by the closure of southern runway, the authorities have put in place a host of arrangements to ensure a smooth travel for passengers. Passengers will be shuttled free of cost between DXB and DWC through an express bus services during the closure period from April 16 to May 30. –