Dubai International (IATA: DXB), the world’s busiest for international passenger traffic, increased its capacity from 75 million to 90 million on February 24 with the opening of Concourse D. The new facility is the result of a US$1.2 billion investment to enhance service and boost capacity for the more than 70 international airlines that will use it.
The first flight to arrive at the new concourse was British Airways’ BA105, a Boeing 747 operating from London Heathrow. BA shared the honour of using the facility from day one with Royal Jordanian Airlines. The remainder carriers’ operations will be phased in over the next few weeks. On the apron, Concourse D provides 21 contact stands, of which four will be able to accommodate Airbus A380 or Boeing 747 aircraft, and 11 remote stands with a design capacity for 18 million passengers per year.