EMIRATES’ FIRST FLIGHTS LEAVE FROM NEW A380 TERMINAL
Information received from a regular source at the Emirates Kampala office confirmed that yesterday saw the opening gambit of the new A380 terminal at the Dubai International Airport when national airline Emirates boarded the first ever commercial flight from there following a series of successful trial runs.
First out of the blocks was the A380 service to London Heathrow, making history for the new Concourse A as the latest addition to the terminals in Dubai is now known.
4 of the 20 gates have been opened, with the balance going on line progressively over the coming weeks until full capacity has been reached, capable of processing a further 15 million passengers per year.
Information at hand confirms that duty free shops, restaurants and lounges for First and Business Class passengers were fully functional as the first commercial passengers began to arrive at the new terminal building by metro link from the existing terminal buildings.
The opening of Concourse A will raise the overall capacity of DXB to 75 million passengers a year, enough to provide for further growth of the airline and will allow Dubai to overtake London Heathrow as the largest international airport over the course of 2013. Watch this space.