The opening of Dubai International’s AED1.9 billion Concourse D will soon get underway.
In light of the forthcoming opening, Dubai Airports has invited members of the public to volunteer as ‘passengers’ and help test the operational readiness of the new facility.
The advanced trial follows a series of rigorous trials that were conducted over past few months to test different components of the facility to ensure optimal service levels for passengers and more than 70 airlines.
The trial is designed to test systems and processes across the facility, as well as staff preparedness by simulating typical airport operating scenarios. The operational trials are designed to simulate a ‘live’ environment and help Dubai Airports test facilities, processes and staff capability.
“As the final element of the US$7.8 billion strategic plan 2020 that we had announced in 2011, Concourse D is a crucial and timely addition to Dubai International as it will increase the airport’s capacity to 90 million passengers,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.
Concourse D will feature open gates allowing travellers to board directly from the waiting area. There will be a total of nine lounges, including five airline lounges, a new Al Majlis lounge, two Dubai International Hotel lounges and a Marhaba VIP lounge.
The concourse will feature 21 contact stands, of which four will be able to accommodate Airbus A380 or Boeing 747 aircraft, and 11 remote stands.