Dubai Airports said it will re-open its Terminal 1 and Concourse D facilities this week as the emirate seeks to kick start its vital aviation sector.
It said the two facilities would-re-open on June 24 while at the same time the operations of some 66 carriers would be moved from Terminal 3 to Terminal 1.
The move will boost the airport’s PCR testing capacity and also raise overall potential capacity by about 18 million passengers, Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports told Bloomberg TV on Sunday. It will also restore thousands of jobs.
“It’s probably about 3,500 new employees across all the stakeholders, some of whom have been waiting to be re-activated, some of whom are new hires,” he said.
“We are anticipating a huge surge in inbound and outbound demand over the next few months.”
The airports chief aid that he expects to have recovered about 90 percent of original capacity by the autumn as more carriers restore services in and out of the key international hub.—AN