10 Feb 2016 AT 09:21 AM

Dubai Airport set to open huge new area at Terminal 1

Massive new facility will make travel far easier
10 Feb 2016 AT 09:21 AM
Dubai Airport set to open huge new area at Terminal 1
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Fed up of those long walks through Dubai International Airport’s Terminal 1? Not for much longer, as the airport is close to opening its brand new Concourse D.

Where’s that? Ok, let’s explain…If you travel on Emirates Airline, you always go to Terminal 3. That has two concourses, A and B. A is the one you need to take the train to, and dedicated for the A380 planes. And as we all know, Terminal 3 is always seen as the cool place to be.

Then of course there is Terminal 1 where around 100 international airlines are based, and passengers go through Concourse C to board.

Now comes Concourse D, which will serve all these airlines and their passengers. At the weekend, nearly 2000 Dubai residents volunteered to walk through it, to try out all the facilities. They all came away with a huge thumbs up, impressed by how quick and easy it will be to board planes from here. All this will also help increase the airport’s capacity from 75 million to 90 million passengers a year.

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“I would like to thank all the volunteers for taking time out on their weekend and bringing their families along to help us get the new concourse ready for opening,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.

He added: “The final element of our $7.8 billion Strategic Plan 2020, Concourse D is a timely welcome addition to Dubai International. It’s a facility designed around the needs and comfort our customers, who will surely notice and appreciate the short walking distances to boarding gates, and the accessible layout of a wide variety of world class food and retail offerings” he said.

The new concourse will 17 new gates included four which can take the A380 planes. It is connected to the existing Terminal 1 via an elevated rail link that will run every two and a half minutes.

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