Flydubai confirmed that departure gates for flights to 42 destinations will be moving to Al Maktoum International (DWC) airport in Jebel Ali on April 16 to May 30.
Out of the 42 routes, flights to Alexandria, Bahrain, Dammam, Jeddah, Kabul, Kathmandu, Kuwait and Muscat will operate from both airports.
The southern runway of DXB will be closed during the period, to undergo a full renovation, prompting airlines to either divert their services to DWC or lower their capacity.
Flydubai said: “We advise all travellers to arrive at the check-in desks two to three hours prior to their flight departure time. We encourage all passengers arriving into Dubai to check their airport of arrival and to remind anyone who’s picking them up that they might be arriving at Dubai World Central (DWC).”
A Flydubai spokesperson added that Flydubai’s partner Emirates will not operate from DWC and it is not selling flights connecting between the two airports.
The full list of flights that will be operating from DWC from April 16 to May 30, include Abha, Addis Ababa, Ahmedabad, Alexandria, Amman, Bahrain, Bishkek, Chennai, Chittagong, Colombo, Dammam, Delhi, Esfahan, Faisalabad, Gassim, Gizan, Ha’il, Hofuf, Hyderabad, Istanbul, Jeddah, Kabul, Karachi, Kathmandu, Khartoum, Kochi, Kozhikode, Kuwait, Lar, Lucknow, Mashhad, Medina, Multan, Mumbai, Muscat, Najaf, Riyadh, Shiraz, Sialkot, Tabuk, Ta’if.
Flydubai CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith said in February that he is confident the Dubai carrier will return to profit this year, after rising fuel costs saw it report a $43.5 million annual loss for 2018.
The low-cost airline posted a 12.4 percent rise in revenue – reaching $1.7 billion for the year – but the total annual operating cost included a price impact of $112 million in fuel costs, which impacted significantly on its ability to make a profit.
The airline also faced financial headwinds in the form of rising interest rates and unfavourable currency exchange movements.