Dubai International Airport has opened its $1.2bn Concourse D, enhancing its annual passenger capacity from 75 million to 90 million.
The investment was made to improve the airport’s service, as well as its capacity to operate 70 international airlines.
The first flight that arrived at the new Concourse D was British Airways’ flight 105 travelling from London, UK.
The first flight operation was a result of several months of intensive testing an operational trial carried out by 2,000 volunteers from the public earlier this month.
Dubai Airports chairman, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority president and Emirates Group chairman and CEO HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said: "We continue to invest in the development of top-flight infrastructure to augment service levels for our international airlines and their customers while providing the capacity needed to meet growing demand.
"Concourse D has been designed with the customer at its heart. Shorter walking distances, more comfortable seating areas, more choice in lounges and a world-class retail and F&B offering are sure to impress and delight our passengers and our airline partners."
Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said: "Aside from its many customer-centric features, Concourse D continues our legacy of providing timely capacity."
The new concourse is connected to Terminal 1 by an airport train with the capacity to transport 300 passengers at one time. It allows short walks to open gates facilitating the passengers to board the plane directly from the waiting area.
Concourse D features famous brands from across the world; nine lounges spanning an area of 6,926m², which includes five airline lounges and 175 vendor installations, while it offers 21 contact stands and 11 remote stands on the apron.
Image: Dubai International Airport has opened its new Concourse D. Photo: courtesy of Umair Shaikh/Wikipedia.