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Dubai Int'l to increase A380 stands as Emirates fleet expands

Dubai Airports says it has commissioned work at Concourse C to increase superjumbo gates to 13

Dubai Int'l to increase A380 stands as Emirates fleet expands

Dubai Airports has announced it has commissioned work on a project that will expand the number of A380 contact stands at Dubai International's Concourse C to accommodate Emirates' growing fleet of superjumbos.

The project will increase the number of Code F gates (A380 gates) at Concourse C from 3 to 13, bringing the total number of A380 gates at DXB to 47, more than any other airport in the world, the airport operator said in a statement.

Concourse C became a part of the Terminal 3 complex used exclusively by Dubai's flagship carrier Emirates and its partner Qantas, following the opening of the $1.2 billion Concourse D in February.

The upgrade project which started in the third quarter this year and is expected to be completed by the end of 2018, is part of Dubai's Airports' DXB Plus programme under which the operator aims to increase DXB's capacity to 118 million passengers per year by 2023 without building any additional major infrastructure.

Concourse C will also undergo interior refurbishment as part of the upgrade project, including the re-design and enhancement of gate hold rooms and increase of dedicated airline lounge space.

Bryan Thompson, senior vice president of development at Dubai Airports said: "Considering the traffic growth at Dubai International and the central role the airport will continue to play for the aviation sector as well as Dubai's economy over the next 10 years, it is vital that we provide additional capacity while enhancing our customer service. We believe this first project under DXB Plus will deliver on both fronts."

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