Refurbishment of DXB’s Terminal 1 to Begin

Just weeks after the A380 concourse opened, Dubai International Airport (DXB) plans to start work on a major refurbishment of its Terminal 1.
The refurbishment includes more efficient and streamlined baggage screening in the departures hall, the replacement of all check-in desks, upgrade of baggage systems and the modernisation of all public areas.  The upgrade is due to begin in the first quarter of 2013 and is expected to be complete by the end of 2014.
The new baggage screening process will improve passenger flow by eliminating a queuing point.  The additional space created by the streamlined baggage process will be used to transform the departures hall into a more spacious environment with upgraded wayfinding.
The programme also includes a reconfigured and expanded arrivals hall, with new food and retail outlets in a fully air-conditioned space.  The adjoining arrivals forecourt will be reconfigured to improve traffic flow and create a safer pedestrian environment.
Once the refurbishment is complete, it will be linked via a new elevated train system to Concourse D, which is currently under construction.  Concourse D will house more than 100 airlines that fly to and from Dubai International when it opens in 2015.
Paul Griffiths, CEO of operator Dubai Airports, commented:  “In addition to significantly increasing our capacity, the upgrade of Terminal 1 together with the construction of Concourse D will offer our passengers a more inviting and comfortable environment in line with the newer facilities across the terminals at Dubai International.”
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