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In a significant development that signals the return of growth to Dubai and the UAE’s aviation and travel and tourism sectors, Dubai Airports has announced that it will reopen Dubai’s International’s Terminal 1 and Concourse D on June 24. The facilities were closed on March 25, 2020, following the partial suspension of operations at DXB as part of the strategy to control the spread of Covid-19.
Welcoming the reopening of Terminal 1 as an essential step in preparing to accommodate the anticipated growth in travel demand in the coming weeks and months, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airports, said, “Dubai’s aviation sector has been at the forefront of a global campaign to restore vital international air services with the opening of quarantine-free travel corridors between the UAE and multiple countries around the world.
“This move signals our confidence that the outlook for the rest of the year and beyond is one of optimism and a clear indication of Dubai’s intent to lead the aviation industry in its efforts to enable social and economic recovery of the world. This reopening is a collaborative effort of the many stakeholders involved in the operation of the world’s largest international airport, and we are delighted to be able to make this important step towards the restoration of full airport operations.”
The re-opening of the facilities will enable the gradual return of 40 plus international carriers currently operating at Terminals 2 and 3 back to their home terminal at DXB.
Dubai Airports has advised passengers to confirm their departure and arrival terminals with their airline before coming to the airport. The transition will be managed in several stages, with the plan for the relocation to be completed by the end of June.
Opened in February 2016, the $1.2 billion Concourse D is linked to Terminal 1 by an airport train. The combination of these two facilities provides world-class service levels for an annual capacity of 18 million passengers.