Dubai Airports has announced that it will reopen Dubai International Airport’s Terminal 1 and Concourse D on 24th June, marking a ‘significant development that signals the return of growth to Dubai and the UAE’s aviation and travel and tourism sectors’.
Both the airport facilities were closed on 25th March 2020, following the partial suspension of operations at Dubai International Airport in order to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The resumption of operations at Terminal 1 and Concourse D will enable the gradual return of 40+ international airlines that are currently operating at Terminals 2 and 3 back to their home terminal at Dubai International Airport. The airport authorities has also advised passengers to confirm their terminal of departure and arrival with their airline prior to coming to the airport as the transition will be managed in several stages, with the plan for the relocation to be completed by the end of June.
Welcoming the reopening of Terminal 1 as an important step in preparing to accommodate the anticipated growth in travel demand in the coming weeks and months, 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, as well as being 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.
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Concourse D, opened in February 2016, is linked to Terminal 1 by an airport train.
Many major airports are reopening the terminals that were closed as a result of low travel demand. As travel demand continues to grow, airports are seeing increased passenger footfall, and as a result are reopening their closed facilities in order to accommodate the travellers. Frankfurt Airport has reopened its Terminal 2 in addition to all the runways at the airport. Similarly, Munich Airport has announced plans to restart Terminal 1 on 23rd June.
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