Recent refurbishments to two runways at the Dubai International Airport have made its facilities some of the best in the world, which in turn is expected to result in higher growth for the airport, Aviation Pros reports.
Quoted by the publication, Mohammed Abdulla Ahli, president of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Dubai Air Navigation Services, said the project received praise as the only one in the history of civil aviation to achieve runway refurbishment without significantly disturbing normal flight operations.
Aviation Pros report that the work was carried out in "record time", with flight delays averaging at less than five minutes where necessary.
To carry out the development, His Highness the Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Dubai Air Navigation Services, established a special committee to prepare the programme which would govern work on the project.
The upgraded runways boast an increased capacity for High Speed Turnoff, which consists of a long radius taxiway equipped with lighting or markings, serving to define the path of aircraft moving at high speed. This allows busy airports to accommodate aircraft leaving the runway at top speed, meaning another can land or depart in a shorter space of time.
The number of passengers Dubai International Airport recorded for the first half of 2014 stood at 34.67 million, marking a 6.2% rise, even with the 26% cut in flights during the months of May and June as a result of the refurbishment. This means the number of passengers has continued to exceed five million for 18th consecutive months