Dubai International, the world’s number one hub for international passenger traffic, increased its capacity from 75 million to 90 million on February 24, 2016 with the opening of Concourse D. The new concourse is the result of a US$1.2 billion investment to enhance service and boost capacity for some 60 international airlines that now provide 350 flights per day to 94 destinations around the globe.
The first flight to be welcomed at the facility was British Airways’ flight 105. This historic first operation followed months of intensive testing and a successful operational trial involving 2,000 members of the public earlier that month. Two airlines operated from Concourse D on day one (British Airways, Royal Jordanian) with the remainder phasing in operations over subsequent weeks.
The concourse is linked to the newly renovated Terminal 1 by a dedicated airport train that can transport 300 passengers per trip. Designed around a central atrium, Concourse D offers short walks to open gates, which will allow travellers to board directly from the waiting area, giving them more freedom and time to enjoy the full array of exciting food and beverage outlets.
Superb dining options
A number of world-famous brands were introduced to Dubai and the region for the first time – including celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s casual dining concept The Kitchen, and Pret a Manger. Other firsts for DXB include Butlers Chocolate Café and Camden Food Company, which brings healthy yet tasty dining options using organic and natural products.
Concourse D outlets also include YO! Sushi, CNN Traveller Café, Lebanese favourite Shawarmanji and Taqado Mexican Kitchen, both popular local examples of street food, in addition to a second, larger scale Masale: The Taste of India outlet. Concourse D also has established traveller favourites such as Giraffe, which opened its second outlet at DXB, as well as Starbucks, KFC, Krispy Kreme, McDonald’s, Brioche Dorée, The Noodle House, Caviar House & Prunier, Draft House sports bar and Costa Coffee.
The new concourse offers plenty of comfortable seating spaces and wellbeing concepts such as Be Relax and the ever-popular ‘SnoozeCubes’ which provide a convenient way to rest between flights. It also features a total of nine lounges, including five airline lounges.
Dubai Duty Free has a total of 175 vendor installations in Concourse D spread over an area of 7,000m2, bringing the operation’s total retail space at DXB to 33,000m2. Fashion offerings cover a total of 1,000m2 divided into two zones, perfumes and cosmetics a total area of 1,500m2, while liquor and food occupies nearly 1,000m2.
On the apron, Concourse D provides 21 contact stands, of which four will be able to accommodate Airbus A380 or Boeing 747 aircraft, and 11 remote stands with a design capacity for 18 million passengers.