I don’t usually cover general aviation news on Head for Points, but this story will have an impact on a lot of readers who may be planning to head to Dubai next year.
As per this website, one of the two runways at Dubai International will be out of action at any one time between 1 May 2014 and 20 July 2014. This will require all airlines using Dubai to reduce their schedules by around 50%. Even with all cargo flights moved to the new airport, a 50% cut is still required from most airlines in order to allow all airlines to have at least 1 landing and take-off slot per day. (If you only have 1 flight a day, you can’t cut 50% of that!)
This will obviously have substantial impacts on Avios reward availability over this period, as BA will presumably be running its remaining flights at 100% capacity with paid tickets. One option may be to deploy one of the new A380’s to cover Dubai for two months, which would give a boost to passenger capacity.
For most people, May 1st should avoid the Easter school holidays, although it may vary from area to area.