Dubai airport terminal 3

Dubai International Airport (DXB) is set to open its new $3.2bn Concourse 3 for Emirates Airlines at Terminal 3 in January 2013.

The 528,000m² space will be able to handle 19 million passengers every year and accommodate 20 A380 planes simultaneously.

The construction is part of the airport’s plan to expand its passenger handling capacity to more than 70 million travellers each year.

Dubai International has revealed that the new 645m-long, 90m-wide concourse is connected to the old terminal by a 1.5km vertical transportation system (Sky Train), which can transport 6,000 passengers an hour.

The partially underground terminal has five gates for 13 remote stands, including an automated people mover for both arriving and departing passengers, while the Sky Train will connect the lower and upper levels of Concourse 3.

Dubai airport is equipped with the latest technology to transport and upload luggage through an automated people mover (APM) in addition to the baggage handling system.

The airport will also have first class and business class lounges, in addition to two four and five stars hotels, which each feature around 200 rooms, as well as a health club and business centre.

Dubai airport has equipped its arrivals section at Terminal 2 with an electronic gateway system to accelerate the process of immigration at entry and exit points.

The airport said that it has activated two gateways experimentally, prior to the formal activation of the 12 new gateways.

Image: The new concourse 3 at Dubai airport’s Terminal 3 will be officially unveiled in January 2013. Photo: courtesy of Dubai Airports.