Dubai opens new A380 airport terminal

Operator announces phased opening of Concourse A; first Emirates flight leaves for Heathrow

Concourse A at Dubai International Airport.

Concourse A at Dubai International Airport.

Dubai Airports on Wednesday announced the phased opening of Concourse A, the world's first A380 facility at Dubai International's Terminal 3.

The airport operator said four of its 20 contact gates were brought into operation on Wednesday with Emirates Airline's EK 003 flying from Dubai to Heathrow becoming the first flight to use the facilities.

Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports said: "Just as we did with what turned out to be a flawless opening of Terminal 3 and Concourse B in 2008 - which was a much larger and more complex exercise involving the complete transfer of Emirates airline's operations to the new facility - we are opening Concourse A in stages with more gates coming online in each successive phase.

"We believe that this approach of gradual transition will enable us and all our partners to ensure smooth operations and help us to deliver on our customer service commitment."

He added that as the world's first A380 facility Concourse A was a "huge achievement for Dubai Airports and its partners".

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive, Emirates Airline and Group and chairman of Dubai Airports, added: "This is an historic and momentous occasion, marking another world first from Emirates.

“We are confident that our customers will find the new concourse to be a remarkable world class facility befitting of our flagship Emirates A380 aircraft."

Concourse A has a total of 528,000 sq m space spread across 11 floors and the capacity to handle 15 million passengers a year.

A critical element of the $7.8bn Strategic Plan 2020, Concourse A is part of the Terminal 3 complex exclusively built for the use of Emirates airline.

It will provide Dubai International Airport the much needed room as its passenger traffic approaches full capacity.

Dubai International's annual passenger capacity will increase from 60 million to 75 million when Concourse A is fully operational, while traffic for 2012 is expected to reach 57 million.

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Posted by: Meister Manuel

Well my first flight was overbooked so I took the next one and so I got almost 12 hours at Dubai.
In this time I went to this Terminal via the Train (january 6) and I have to say that it's quite big but a little bit confising where the gates are, compared to the huge T3

Posted by: Ed B

This is excellent news. Being transported by busses is a real pain, so this is a great step forward.

I also hope that there is invested in more immigration desks and better procedures than in T3. Its unbelievable how long the queues are during peak times, and how slow these queues progress!

Posted by: Bruce

Hope they don't have any more groundings of the 380...

Posted by: Yasir Murad

I salute Shaikh Ahmed and Paul Griffiths for taking Emirates to new heights. In these times, it requires relentless effort to be at the top. It is especially commendable as some of Emirates competitors has vast resources. One very good thing is that Dubai and Emirtaes complement each other.
Continue the good work.

Posted by: Troy

If I booke an Emirates flight and end up on Qantas (the loser airline that it is) i'll switch to another airline. This code-share with Qantas is the worst thing Emirates has done in recent times.

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