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Dubai's DXB airport to be expanded for A380 gates

The upgrade and interior refurbishment project is part of the DXB Plus programme that aims to expand the airport's annual capacity without additional construction

The DXB Plus programme's first project aims at expanding the airport to house Emirates airline's fleet of Airbus A380 jets. [Image: Dubai Media Office]
The DXB Plus programme's first project aims at expanding the airport to house Emirates airline's fleet of Airbus A380 jets. [Image: Dubai Media Office]

Dubai International Airport (DXB) will be expanded to incorporate gates that lead to Airbus A380 jets. 

Concourse C at DXB will be extended to accommodate Emirates airline's fleet of the super jumbojets. 

The project will increase the number of Code F gates (A380 gates) at Concourse C from three to 13, bringing the total number of A380 gates at DXB to 47, more than any other airport in the world.

Upgrade works commenced in Q3 2016 and are expected to be completed by the end of 2018. 

The project forms part of the DXB Plus programme, aimed at increasing the airport's annual capacity to 118 million passengers by 2023 without the construction of any additional infrastructure. 

Concourse C will also undergo interior refurbishment as part of the upgrade project, including the redesign and enhancement of gate hold rooms, increase of dedicated airline lounge space, and ambience enhancements to improve the overall customer experience.

Remarking on the project, Bryan Thompson, senior vice president of development at Dubai Airports, said: "Considering the traffic growth at DXB and the central role that the airport will continue to play for the aviation sector as well as Dubai’s economy over the next 10 years, it is vital that we provide additional capacity while enhancing our customer service.

"We believe this first project under DXB Plus will deliver on both fronts." 

Concourse C became a part of the Terminal 3 complex used exclusively by Emirates and its partner Qantas, following the opening of the $1.2bn Concourse D this February, according to Dubai Media Office.

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