02 January 2020, Thursday 11:30:37

Emirates Total Passengers Fall 1 Million In 2019

As 2019 is now over, the passenger numbers are in for Emirates. The airline carried 58 million passengers for the year, which is actually down by a full million from 2018’s 59 million.

As 2019 is now over, the passenger numbers are in for Emirates. The airline carried 58 million passengers for the year, which is actually down by a full million from 2018’s 59 million. Let’s take a look at what happened last year to explain the drop in flights and passengers.

According to alKhaleej Today, the airline operated an average of over 3,500 flights per week – amounting to more than 186,000 flights in 2019. However, in 2018 the airline operated a higher average of 3,700 flights a week- roughly 192,000 flights in the year.

In fact, the reason for this decrease was a single, unfortunate, external factor: the 45-day-long closure of one of Dubai International Airport’s two runways. Dubai International Airport (DXB) closed its Southern Runway for 45 days between the middle of April and the end of May.

During its closure, the runway had undergone a complete refurbishment. The Southern Runway is DXB’s longer runway with a length of 4,500 meters and a width of 60 meters. As part of its upgrade, the runway was resurfaced and its ground lighting and supporting infrastructure were replaced. It was a massive undertaking that included  “the placement of approximately 60,000 tonnes of asphalt and 8,000m3 of concrete to strengthen and resurface the runway and the adjacent taxiways”.

Emirates Total Passengers Fall 1 Million In 2019

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