South Runway of Abu Dhabi Airport closed for upgrade works

Abu Dhabi Airports has issued the following statement, announcing planned closing of the international airport’s South Runway for upgrade works.

By (Wam)

Published: Thu 13 Mar 2014, 11:43 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 8:41 PM

“As part of its Capacity Enhancement Program (CEP), and in response to the registered and anticipated growth in traffic at the capital’s airport, Abu Dhabi Airports has closed the South Runway at Abu Dhabi International Airport in January 2014, as per its scheduled plans, to carry out upgrade works including the widening of the runway to accommodate the A380 aircraft and other jumbo jets once they start arriving to AUH.

These updates are planned to be completed by the end of 2014 when the South Runway will be again operational.

It is worth mentioning here, that this South runway started operation in 1982 with the opening of Abu Dhabi International Airport, and in 2009, Abu Dhabi Airports opened its second runway, the North runway to double its aircraft handling capacity in line with its plans to expand and develop the airport infrastructure, and to accommodate the expected increase in traffic once the Midfield Terminal Building (MTB) is open in 2017.

The events of last Thursday, when Abu Dhabi experienced heavy fog, were entirely unrelated to this runway closure. The fog presented significant operational challenges, which lasted into the weekend but have since been resolved.”

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