Dubai Runway Closure: List of Affected Airlines That Shifted Operations To DWC


You may be aware that one runway at Dubai International Airport (DXB) will be closed for 45 days beginning today (9th May 2022) as it undergoes essential maintenance work.

It is worth noting that to ensure continued safety and efficiency in operations The northern runway at Dubai International Airport will be closed for 45 days from May 09 to June 22.

Up to 1,000 flights per week will be affected; flights will operate from DXB’s southern runway or will relocate to Dubai’s second hub, Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) or Sharjah International Airport.

Dubai Airport Issues Advisory

To minimize interruption, Dubai Airports advises all customers travelling during this time to verify in advance with their airline to confirm the airport and/or terminal.


“Travelling between May 9 and June 22? DXB will be closing one runway for 45 days to undergo essential maintenance,” said Dubai Airport in a Tweet.

So, if you’re planning a trip to Dubai this month, take a look at the airlines that are moving operations below;

1. Flydubai

Flydubai, the Dubai based low-cost airline has confirmed that DWC will serve 34 destinations, including Oman, Saudi Arabia, India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. The complete list of flights relocating to DWC is available here. If your destination is not on that list, your flight will depart from Terminal 2 or Terminal 3 at DXB as usual.

  • Addis Ababa
  • Ahmedabad
  • Alexandria
  • Alula
  • Bahrain
  • Chennai
  • Delhi
  • Dammam
  • Dhaka
  • Doha
  • Gassim
  • Istanbul (SAW)
  • Karachi
  • Kathmandu
  • Khartoum
  • Kochi
  • Kolkata
  • Lucknow
  • Kuwait
  • Mumbai
  • Multan
  • Muscat
  • Quetta
  • Riyadh

2. Air India Express

Air India Express, an Indian budget carrier has also announced that the flights to the following destinations will operate from either DWC or Sharjah Airport during the runway closure at DXB.


The airline has advised guests who have already booked the flights operating to and from Dubai International Airport to rebook new flights, which have been redirected to Sharjah and DWC. The changes can be made through the Air India Express contact centre or its city offices. Flights to Indian cities which are impacted by the change are:

  • Mangalore
  • Kozhikode
  • Kochi
  • Thiruvananthapuram
  • Tiruchirappalli
  • Amritsar
  • Jaipur
  • Lucknow

3. Gulf Air

According to a notification on the Gulf Air website, the majority of the Bahrain-based airline’s operations will continue to operate to and from DXB, with certain flights shifting to Al Maktoum International.

Although no list of affected flights has been released by the airline, customers are encouraged to check the “Manage My Booking” tab on the Gulf Air website for flight details.

4. IndiGo

IndiGo, another Indian carrier, stated in a note to its travel partners that changes to the airline’s schedule are expected beginning May 9. Flights will depart from both Dubai International Airport and Dubai World Central.
The airline has encouraged all passengers to reconfirm their departure and arrival times for flights to and from DXB and DWC for a trouble-free journey.


Flights to/from the following cities have been affected by the change:

  • Hyderabad
  • Mumbai

5. SpiceJet

SpiceJet will also be operating out of DXB and DWC for 45 days. According to the airline, all customers should reconfirm their departure and arrival times for flights to and from DXB and DWC for a trouble-free journey.

The following cities have been affected by the change:

  • Amritsar
  • Mumbai
  • Ahmedabad
  • Pune

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Manish Khandelwal
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