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Dubai Airport's $3.2bn Concourse A completes

Five-week phased opening of 20-gate, 528,000m2 terminal concludes

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Dubai Airports has announced the successful completion of the phased launch of its new $3.2bn (AED: 12bn) Concourse A - the first airport concourse purpose-built for the Airbus A380.

The concourse, which is being used exclusively for Emirates, has been opening on a partial basis since the beginning of the year, but Dubai Airports says all 20 gates are now fully operational, as well as the company's 29,000m2 of first-class and business lounges.

Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, said: “Much like the opening of Terminal 3 in 2008, the phase-in of Concourse A has resulted in the seamless introduction of world-class infrastructure that responds to the rapid growth of Emirates and caters to the needs of its discerning and truly global customer base.

“Concourse A is a vital element of our $7.8bn investment in the continued expansion of Dubai International which will see it become the world’s busiest airport for international passenger traffic by the end of 2015.”

Dubai Airports said that during the first month of operations, Concourse A handled 2,450 flights and served 589,234 passengers carrying 461,972 pieces of luggage.

Concourse A is part of the Terminal 3 complex built for exclusively use by Emirates. It contains 11 floors and a total built-up area of 528,000 m2.

It connects to Concourse B and Terminal 3 via an underground train. Business Classs and First Class lounges have entire floors containing dining, conference rooms, business centre facilities and a spa. The building brings passenger capacity at Dubai International Airport from 60m to 75m passengers.

Emirates Airline's president, Tim Clark, said: “With a current fleet of 31 A380s and a further 59 on order, Emirates is the largest operator of this aircraft in the world, and it is only fitting that we have a world class facility that meets this need."

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