United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Dubai International Airports (DXB) is set to add ten new stands for A380 superjumbo jets at the airport’s Concourse C.

The airport has already commissioned work on the upgrade project, which will allow Dubai International Airports to accommodate a growing fleet of superjumbos.   

As part of the upgrade, the number of Code F or A380 gates at Concourse C will be increased from three to 13, bringing the total number at DXB to 47.

"It is vital that we provide additional capacity while enhancing our customer service."

Part of Dubai’s Airports’ DXB Plus programme, the upgrade work has already begun and is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

Under the DXB Plus programme, the operator intends to increase the airport’s annual passenger handling capacity to 118 million passengers by 2023 by using smart technology.

Dubai Airports development senior vice-president Bryan Thompson said: “Considering the traffic growth at Dubai International and the central role the airport will continue to play for the aviation sector as well as Dubai’s economy over the next ten years, it is vital that we provide additional capacity while enhancing our customer service.

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“We believe this first project under DXB Plus will deliver on both fronts.”

Under the expansion, the interior of Concourse C will be revamped, while the gate hold rooms will be re-designed and improved.

The airport operator noted that Concourse C is a part of the Terminal 3 complex, which is used only by Dubai’s flagship carrier Emirates and its partner Qantas.