World’s First A380 Concourse Now Fully Open

On February 10, Dubai Airports and Emirates announced the successful completion of the phased launch of Concourse A – the world’s first purpose-built concourse for the aircraft at Dubai International.
All 20 A380 capable contact gates and Emirates’ First and Business Class lounges are now fully operational after a five-week-long phase-in period.
Its inaugural flight departed from one of the four contact stands opened during
Phase 1 on January 2, 2013.  Dubai Airports says that during its first month of operations Concourse A handled over 2,450 flights and their 589,234 passengers and 461,972 pieces of luggage.
Tim Clark, President, Emirates Airline commented: “The full opening of Concourse A is a significant milestone and achievement in supporting and enabling the continued growth of Emirates, and our focus and commitment to being a leader in offering our customers innovative products and services that provides them with an unsurpassed travel experience.  With a current fleet of 31 A380s and a further 59 on order, Emirates is the largest operator of this aircraft in the world, and it is only fitting that we have a world class facility that meets this need and represents our leadership in this regard.”
Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports added: “Much like the opening of Terminal 3 in 2008, the phase in of Concourse A  has resulted in the seamless introduction of world-class infrastructure that responds to the rapid growth of Emirates and caters to the needs of its discerning and truly global customer base.  Concourse A is a vital element of our $7.8 billion investment in the continued expansion of Dubai International which will see it become the world’s busiest airport for international passenger traffic by the end of 2015.”
Concourse A boosts capacity at Dubai International from 60 million to 75 million passengers per year and is part of Dubai Airports’ $7.8 billion Strategic Plan 2020 which will increase airport capacity to 90 million by 2018.