Dubai airport Concourse D opens.
Duabi International Airport, the world's number one hub for international passenger traffic, increased its capacity from 75 million to 90 million last month with the opening of its $1.2-billion Concourse D.
'Concourse D has been designed with the customer at its heart. Shorter walking distances, more comfortable seating areas, more choice in lounges and a world-class retail and F&B offering are sure to impress and delight our passengers and our airline partners,' said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Airports, president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chairman and CEO of Emirates Group.
'We continue to invest in the development of top-flight infrastructure to augment service levels for our international airlines and their customers while providing the capacity needed to meet growing demand,' he said.
British Airways' flight 105 was first flight to be welcomed at the facility. The operation followed months of intensive testing and a successful operational trial involving 2,000 members of the public earlier in the month.
'Aside from its many customer-centric features, Concourse D continues our legacy of providing timely capacity,' said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.
About 85 million passengers will visit Dubai International Airport this year, according to the latest projection. With the addition of Concourse D, the airport is getting both bigger and better, said Griffiths.
The concourse is linked to the newly renovated Terminal 1 by a dedicated airport train that can transport 300 passengers per trip. Designed around a central atrium, Concourse D offers short walks to open gates, which will allow travellers to board directly from the waiting area, giving them more freedom and time to enjoy the full array of exciting food and beverage outlets.
The new concourse will offer plenty of comfortable seating spaces and wellbeing concepts such as Be Relax and the ever-popular 'SnoozeCubes' which provide a convenient way to rest between flights.
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