Dubai Airports in the UAE is set to re-open Dubai International’s Terminal 1 and Concourse D on 24 June after a span of around 15 months.

The two facilities were closed by the authorities on 25 March 2020 after the Covid-19 response triggered partial suspension of operations at the airport.

Dubai Airports chairman Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum said: “Dubai’s aviation sector has been at the forefront of a global campaign to restore vital international air services with the opening of quarantine-free travel corridors between the UAE and multiple countries around the world.

“This move signals our confidence that the outlook for the rest of the year and beyond is one of optimism, as well as being a clear indication of Dubai’s intent to lead the aviation industry in its efforts to enable social and economic recovery of the world.

“This reopening is a collaborative effort of the many stakeholders involved in the operation of the world’s largest international airport and we are delighted to be able to make this important step towards the restoration of full airport operations.”

Once opened, the two facilities will accommodate passengers of more than 40 international carriers, which are presently supported by Terminals 2 and 3.

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Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum welcomed the re-opening of Terminal 1, calling it an ‘important step’ in supporting the projected growth in travel demand in the ‘coming weeks and months.’

The airport authorities have also advised the passengers to confirm their terminal of departure with their respective carrier before coming to the airport, as the transition is expected to take place in various phases.

Dubai Airports intends to complete the relocation plan by the end of this month.

The $1.2bn Concourse D, which is connected to Terminal 1 by an airport train, was opened in February 2016.

Together, the two facilities have an annual capacity of 18 million passengers.