Emirates Conducts First Flight from Dubai’s Concourse A
The first airplane carrying revenue passengers from Dubai International Airport’s newly opened concourse in Terminal 3 took off Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. local time on its way to London Heathrow Airport. Emirates Airline Flight EK003 officially marked the opening of Concourse A–the world’s first dedicated to Airbus A380 operations. Emirates may now use four of the 20 contact gates scheduled to eventually serve the new concourse.
“Just as we did with what turned out to be a flawless opening of Terminal 3 and Concourse B in 2008–which was a much larger and more complex exercise involving the complete transfer of Emirates Airline’s operations to the new facility–we are opening Concourse A in stages with more gates coming online in each successive phase,” said Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths. “We believe that this approach of gradual transition will enable us and all our partners to ensure smooth operations and help us to deliver on our customer service commitment.”
Widely acknowledged as a critical element of Dubai’s $7.8 billion Strategic Plan 2020, Concourse A stands as part of the Terminal 3 complex built exclusively for the use of Emirates Airline. Dubai Airports expects annual passenger capacity at DXB to rise from 60 million annually to 75 million when Concourse A becomes fully operational.