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Dubai to Close International Runway for 45 Days

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Dubai International is closing one of its runways for 45 days to complete refurbishment, a move that’s estimated to trigger a 29 percent decline in available airline seats to the destination.

The airport told Bloomberg in an emailed statement that its southern runway will close April 16 at 3 p.m.

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“The runway is nearing the end of its design life and requires a complete upgrade to accommodate future traffic growth,” according to the statement.

The airport plans to reroute some flights to the city’s second airport in the south, Dubai World Central, in an attempt to reduce the closure’s impact, the statement continued.

The upgrading effort is expected to take until May 30 and during the interim will leave the city’s main airport with just one operating runway, all of which is expected to result in the number of seats across Dubai declining substantially.

airlines/emirates-prepares-to-launch-worlds-first-biometric-path-at-dubai-airport.html” target=”_self” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer”>Emirates, the world’s largest airline for international passengers, is based in Dubai. The airline will reduce its flights by 25 percent during the closure. It will cut back the frequency of its services to several destinations in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, Gulf News reported.

The airline told Gulf News it will drop at least 135 flights or frequencies per week while Dubai International is operating with just one airstrip. Destinations that will be impacted include the United Kingdom, Bangladesh, Egypt, Jordan, Switzerland, Spain, and Denmark, among others.

Emirates will maintain regularly scheduled operations for a number of popular destinations, including Mumbai, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Cebu, Manila, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Prague, Shanghai and Stockholm, among others.

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Passengers Arrested After Violent Brawl on Plane

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Two easyJet passengers were arrested at Edinburgh Airport for a violently bloody fight on Thursday that left cabin crew and passengers distraught.

According to The Sun, the plane had been splattered with blood and some crew members were in tears.

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“It was very frightening for this to unfold in mid-air,” one witness said. “It was a violent confrontation and an area of the cabin was covered in blood. The cabin crew did a great job to try to contain it. But some were reduced to tears because of what unfolded.”

The flight landed in Edinburgh, Scotland from Copenhagen at around 1:30 in the afternoon, where the two men were quickly detained by police.

A spokesman for the airline said “We can confirm that flight EZY6980 from Copenhagen to Edinburgh was met by police on arrival as a result of two passengers on board behaving disruptively.

“EasyJet’s cabin crew are trained to assess and evaluate all situations and to act quickly and appropriately to ensure that the safety of the flight and other passengers is not compromised at any time.

The spokesman added, “The safety and wellbeing of customers and crew is our highest priority.”

It is unclear at this time what had prompted the fight. According to a spokesman for the Scotland Police, the two men, aged 28 and 42, are charged for breach of the peace.

“A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal,” the spokesman said.

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