Dubai International Airport’s Terminal 1 and Concourse D welcomed back their first passengers today on the 24th June, after 15 months of dormancy.
The Flynas flight XY201 from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia was the first to arrive.
The $1.2 billion Concourse D linked to Terminal 1 by an airport train, opened in February 2016 as the home terminal of Dubai’s 65 plus international carriers.
As the hub prepares for an anticipated increase in traffic during the summer holidays and beyond, the reopening of the facility will see the phased return of these carriers from Terminals 2 and 3.
The facility offers word class service levels for more than 18 million passengers annually.
On 25th March 2020, these facilities were closed following the partial suspension of operations at DXB airports as part of the measures to control the spread of Covid-19.
However, DXB airports developed measures to control the spread of Covid-19 that include, a passport control service that aids in deploying facial and recognition technologies which reduced the time spent to complete passport control formalities to about 5-9 seconds among others.