Over 1100 Dubai residents test new A380 concourse
Dubai Airports has used over a thousand members of the public in an operational trial to test the readiness of its newly built Concourse A, which it bills as the world’s first purpose-built A380 facility, at Dubai International’s Terminal 3. The trial follows a series of preliminary exercises carried out in recent weeks with the participation of airport employees.
Around 1100 volunteers including men, women, children, senior citizens and individuals with special needs played the role of passengers arriving at, departing from and transiting through the concourse, testing way-finding signage and the flow of passenger traffic within the new building and between it and Terminal 3 via the airport train. New retail and food & beverage outlets also formed part of the trial.
Dubai police and customs, aviation engineers, Emirates airline and other partners were on hand to guide the test. Concourse A is part of Dubai Airports’ $7.8 billion Strategic Plan 2020, which involves the expansion of Dubai International to accommodate future growth, with passenger numbers forecast to reach 66 million in 2013.
“The trial has yielded some very valuable insights which we will be analysing and acting on in the days and weeks ahead,” Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, said.
[image courtesy Dubai Airports]