The long awaited opening of Concourse A at Dubai International Airport has been concluded at the end of a five week phasing in of the facility. Exclusively dedicated to Emirates Airlines, the concourse was designed specifically for the Airbus A380, further enhancing the prospects for the aircraft at the end of a week which saw further delays in the rehabilitation of Boeing’s competing craft, the 787 Dreamliner.
Emirates currently operate 31 of the giant passenger planes with a further 59 on order making it the largest user of the aircraft and the new dedicated concourse is an integrated part of the airline’s commitment to the Airbus. These will ply the airline’s long distance routes for which Dubai Airport is a hub, increasing the airline’s presence on routes from Europe to Asia and Australasia.
The new concourse at Dubai International
increases the airport’s handling capacity by 25% to 75m passengers annually and is a mammoth feat of engineering being built over eleven floors and covering over half a million square metres. The concourse is connected to concourse B and terminal 3 by the underground train.
Above ground, lounges extend the full length of the concourse and have almost everything you could possibly need pre-flight; from kitchens where you can cook for yourself, business centres, entertainment zones and conference centres.
Entertainments include a spa by the world renowned Timeless group, a duty free outlet, with an exclusive duty free section for first class passengers together with an outlet of the Le Clos wine cellar.
Sixteen places to eat complete the facilities for customers and range from coffee outlet; Starbucks, Paul, Umaizushi Bistro and Jack’s Bar and Grill. There’s even a Moet and Chandon Champagne Bar which caters for those who want to get their trip off to a bubbly start.
The new terminal is part of the $8bn investment made by the airport in an attempt to become the world’s busiest international airport, able to receive 90m international passengers within five years despite the prospect of the opening of Al Maktoum Airport
in Dubai World City later this year.