Dubai Airport completes unprecedented upgrade

The upgrade work on two runways at Dubai International Airport has been carried out with minimal disruptions to flight operations due to a "well-planned" execution of the complicated project within the 80-day schedule.

His Highness Shaikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) and Dubai Air Navigation Services (Dans), formed a committee comprising all concerned departments and companies. The committee, under Shaikh Ahmed's supervision, set the project programme, which was credited for the completion of the project in record time.

Mohammed Abdulla Ahli, Director General of the DCAA and CEO of Dans, said the project involved the upgrade and maintenance of two runways in an innovative and effective manner.

First in civil aviation

"We were told that no other project of this kind has occurred in the history of civil aviation, in which the runway refurbishments were made with the least possible impact on normal flight operations," Ahli said.

Dans provides Air Traffic Control, electronic engineering and meteorology
services at both Dubai International and Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai World Central.

The air navigation service provider asserts that the cooperation between aviation stakeholders to equip the world's fastest-growing aviation hub with bigger, cutting-edge facilities will go a long way in handling air traffic, which has been consistently growing between 5 per cent and 7 per cent per year, higher than the global average of 3.5 per cent.

Dubai International recorded a 6.2 per cent surge in passenger numbers, which stood at 34.67 million in the first half of the year, despite a cut in flights of more than 26 per cent in May and June for the refurbishment. The airport also recorded its 18th consecutive month of more than five million passengers despite the refurbishment project.

Dans contributed significantly in planning the refurbishment programme by looking at the various flight operation scenarios, with the aim of minimal disruption and delay.

Faster turnoff

The runways now have increased capacity for highspeed turnoff, with a long-radius taxiway designed and provided with lighting or marking to define the path of an aircraft, travelling at high speed.

Busy airports typically construct high-speed or rapid-exit taxiways to allow aircraft to leave the runway at higher speeds, vacating the runway quicker and permitting other aircraft to land or depart within a shorter space of time.

For flight operations, authorities have four peak hours at the Dubai International and an average of 33 arrivals are handled in an hour. Dan aims to increase this to 45 by 2016 as part its ten-year strategy.

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Source: Property Weekly


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