DXB’s Terminal 1 and concourse D have received passengers for the first time in 15 months
Terminal 1 and Concourse D at Dubai International (DXB) welcomed their first passengers in more than a year with the arrival of flynas flight XY201 from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Linked to Terminal 1 by an airport train, the $1.2bn Concourse D opened in February 2016 as the home terminal for DXB’s 65 plus international carriers. The reopening of the facility will see the phased return of these carriers from Terminals 2 and 3, as the hub prepares for an increase in traffic in the upcoming months. Before the pandemic, the terminal served more than 18 million passengers annually.
The facilities were closed on 25 March 2020, following the partial suspension of operations at DXB as part of the measures to control the spread of Covid-19.
In an effort to improve the passenger experience, Dubai Airports recently introduced a fast-track passport control service that deploys face and iris-recognition technologies. This has reduced the time to complete passport control formalities to between five to nine seconds.
In addition, one of the world’s largest Covid-19 RT-PCR testing laboratories was recently opened at DXB. Located close to Terminal 2, the 20,000 square-foot laboratory is a dedicated facility for round-the-clock processing of RT-PCR test samples collected from passengers at the airport.