A380 World First

Dubai Airports began the phased opening of Concourse A – the world’s first dedicated A380 facility – at Dubai International’s Terminal 3, with four of its 20 contact gates brought into operation on January 2.  The concourse’s first departure was London-bound flight EK003, which left at 14:40.
Chief Executive Officer Paul Griffiths, commented: “Just as we did with what turned out to be a flawless opening of Terminal 3 and Concourse B in 2008 – which was a much larger and more complex exercise involving the complete transfer of Emirates airline’s operations to the new facility – we are opening Concourse A in stages with more gates coming online in each successive phase.
“We believe that this gradual transition will enable us and all our partners to ensure smooth operations and help us to deliver on our customer service commitment.”
As part of the US$7.8 billion Strategic Plan 2020, Concourse A will provide Dubai international with much-needed room as its passenger traffic approaches full capacity.  Once fully operational, the concourse will increase the airport’s capacity from 60 million to 75 million.  In 2012, traffic was expected to reach 57 million.