DIA eyes Q1 2013 opening for Concourse III

$3.5bn concourse will connect to two major public levels of Terminal 3

Dubai International Airport is eyeing a Q1 2013 opening for Concourse III.

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Concourse Three at the Dubai International Airport goes on its first public trial run on Saturday, with a possible opening in the first quarter of 2013 in mind, a senior official has said.

Built at a cost of $3.5bn, the concourse will be connected to the two major public levels of Terminal 3 via an automated people mover. This will be in addition to the vehicular and baggage handling system utility tunnels that will run through the building, a report in Gulf News said.

“We are on track for the opening of concourse three in the first quarter of next year as we start its first public trial run on Saturday,” Paul Griffiths, Dubai Airport’s chief executive officer, told the newspaper on the sidelines of the Middle East Business Aviation exhibition at Al Maktoum International Airport.

The concourse will be 645m long, 90m wide and 42m high in the centre, from the apron level. It will accommodate 20 aircraft stands, of which 18 will be exclusively used by the Airbus A380-800s.

The inauguration of the project will see Dubai International’s passenger handling capacity increase to 75 million. Airport traffic is expected to cross 57 million in 2012.

Dubai’s government is to invest $7.62bn into the fourth phase of expansion of Dubai International, which will see its total capacity rise to 90 million by 2018.


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