August 21, 2008

New Terminal of Dubai Int’L Airport to Open From October

New terminal of Dubai int'l airport to open from October

ABU DHABI, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- Dubai International Airport's 4. 5- billion-U.S.-dollar new terminal, or Terminal 3, will come into operation from Oct. 14 this year, the airport's operator Dubai Airports announced on Wednesday.

The new terminal, which is dedicated to the Dubai-based Emirates Airline, the largest carrier in the Middle East, will see its operation to be implemented in four phases to ensure the systems and processes are working to the highest standards of efficiency, said a statement of Dubai Airports.

Once fully put into use, the terminal will nearly double the airport's capacity from 34 million passengers a year to 60 million.

"Terminal 3 and the associated development represent a much needed expansion of Dubai's aviation infrastructure," Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Dubai Airports, was quoted as saying.

"The new facility will play an important role in supporting Dubai's economic progress, and reaffirm the city's image as an emerging global aviation hub," he added.

The Terminal 3 project, which also includes two associated airside facilities, aims at catering to the rapid expansion of Emirates Airline's fleet, especially to serve the superjumbo Airbus A380.

The two airside facilities will have 25 gates specifically designed for A380 for twin deck embarking and disembarking.

Earlier this month, Dubai Airports conducted the first major operational trial for Terminal 3, which involved more than 2,000 volunteers.

Some 6,000 volunteers will participate in similar trials scheduled to be conducted later this month and at the end of September.

Connected to over 210 global destinations through 123 airlines, Dubai International Airport has maintained a double-digit annual growth rate of over 15 percent since 2002.

The airport accounts for more than 27 percent of all passenger and aircraft movement in the Middle East and Africa region.

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