16 January 2013 by Luke McCormick
Dubai Airports this month opened the world's first superjumbo terminal.
Dubai International's new 528,000-square-metre Terminal 3 cost more than US$3 billion to build and will eventually have 20 gates with double-decker bridges to move passengers on and off the twin-deck Airbus A380.
It is the world's first airport terminal purpose-built to handle the Airbus superjumbo.
Concourse A was brought into operation on 02 January with the opening of the first four gates. The remaining gates will be opened in a phased approach.
Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports said, "Just as we did with what turned out to be a flawless opening of Terminal 3 and Concourse B in 2008 - which was a much larger and more complex exercise involving the complete transfer of Emirates airline's operations to the new facility - we are opening Concourse A in stages with more gates coming online in each successive phase.
"We believe that this approach of gradual transition will enable us and all our partners to ensure smooth operations and help us to deliver on our customer service commitment."
He added that as the world's first A380 facility, Concourse A is a huge achievement for Dubai Airports and its partners and one of the highlights of Dubai's ongoing ambition to establish the world's leading aviation hub.
Concourse A is part of the Terminal 3 complex built exclusively for the use of Emirates airline.
Dubai International's annual passenger capacity will increase from 60 million to 75 million when Concourse A is fully operational.