Dubai International increased its capacity from 75 million to 90 million with the opening of Concourse D, the result of a USD 1.2 billion investment to enhance service and boost capacity for the more than 70 international airlines that will now call it home.
Two airlines operated from Concourse D on day one (British Airways, Royal Jordanian) with the remainder phasing in operations over the next several weeks.
The concourse is linked to the newly renovated Terminal 1 by a dedicated airport train that can transport 300 passengers per trip. Designed around a central atrium, Concourse D offers short walks to open gates, which will allow travelers to board directly from the waiting area.
The new concourse will offer plenty of comfortable seating spaces and wellbeing concepts such as Be Relax and the ‘SnoozeCubes’ which provide a convenient way to rest between flights. It will also feature a total of nine lounges spread over 6,926 m2, including five airline lounges, a new Al Majlis lounge, two Dubai International Hotel lounges and a Marhaba VIP lounge.
On the apron, Concourse D provides 21 contact stands, of which four will be able to accommodate A380 or Boeing 747 aircraft, and 11 remote stands with a design capacity for 18 million passengers.