By Andy Sambidge
Flights to more destinations set to launch from Dubai's T3 on Tuesday.
Phase two of the opening of Dubai International Airport's Terminal 3 will start on Tuesday, it has been announced.
Emirates said on Monday that it is ready to launch the next phase from 2pm (Dubai time) on October 21.
After launching flights to countries on its GCC and Americas network in the first phase from the new terminal, the second phase sees Emirates launching flights to the rest of the Middle East and Africa, increasing operations to 99 flights every day, 37 per cent of all the airline’s flights.
The first Emirates flights in phase two are EK903 to Amman and EK913 to Damascus departing at 2pm on Tuesday.
The first flight to arrive at Emirates Terminal 3 will be EK912 from Damascus at 2.50pm.
In the first five days of operations, Emirates Terminal 3 has handled 86 flight departures, 87 arrivals and a total of 36,000 passengers.
More than 47,300 pieces of luggage have been handled by the baggage system, which is the largest and deepest of underground systems in the world.
More than 4,000 customers have used the facilities at the Emirates First and Business Class Lounges, while the Marhaba Lounge welcomed in excess of 250 passengers.
Dubai Duty Free, which operates 8,000 square metres of retail space in the new terminal, has reported healthy opening days’ sales, with perfumes and gold being among the most popular items sold.
Commenting on the first week of operations from Emirates Terminal 3, Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airline said: “Emirates maintained schedule integrity, the baggage systems proved robust, passenger services were exemplary and we have received excellent feedback from our passengers.
"We could not have asked for a better opening week and we hope to move our entire operations to Emirates Terminal 3 by December this year.”
Both Emirates and Dubai Airports have committed dedicated teams to assist both passengers and staff at the new terminal.
Around 100 Dubai Airports staff sporting large May I Help You? badges are on hand, ready to help passengers as they enjoy the facilities and embark on their journeys.
Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, added: “In short, the opening went as planned and we are happy with the results.”
Flights to Europe will take-off in the third phase, escalating operations to 168 daily flights or 60 per cent of all Emirates’ services.
The fourth and final phase will include flights to the Indian Subcontinent, East Asia and Australasia, taking the total operations to 269 flights every day.
I arrived to the new terminal 3 a day after it was opened. What used to be a 5 minute wait for Emirates business class Limo service was 30 minutes! Emirates staff explained delays are happening due to a new smart system they have converted to. Assuming that there is an adaptation time to new systems we did not complain much but if this response time doesn't improve Emirates will frusturate customers and they should consider going back to the (better) old manual system.