29 FEBRUARY 2016


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Article from BTNews 29 FEBRUARY 2016

Dubai’s new terminal

British Airways has become the first tenant of the brand new Concourse D in Dubai International Airport. 

Fellow oneworld Royal Jordanian carrier is also now in this latest extension to the original Dubai airport.

Speaking at the arrival of the maiden flight from London, Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, said: “Aside from its many customer-centric features, Concourse D continues our legacy of providing timely capacity,” He also announced a 2016 forecast of 85m passenger throughput.

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.

The BA lounge in the terminal overlooks the airport’s retail atrium and has been finished to a very high quality, complete with black Nero marble surfaces and European oak flooring.  There is a special Concorde area for eligible customers and their guests to relax and unwind in a private environment before boarding their flight. 

Customers can choose from a selection of hot and cold food as well as enjoy fine wines at the Deli bar. www.dubaiairports.ae

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John Davidson, Paris, France

Like LHR, DXB is a walk-walk-walk experience and especially a wait-wait-wait experience if flying EK and connecting to another EK destination. So why do they have, in both LHR and DXB, so many shops and other entertainment? Because you sometimes have to wait 6-8 hours for a connecting flight — e.g., going from Paris to Colombo, and the airport personnel (not always EK employees) don't even know how to get you onto the best connection. Fortunately, my (cost-free) visa allowed me to leave the airport, visit a friend for a few hours in Dubai/Sharjah, and return to DXB at 2 am, only to discover there was a flight nearly at the same time which was direct to Colombo, rather than stopping at Male, which mine did. Thus adding hours to my journey, and making me nearly miss an appointment. If a BA passenger flies into DXB, connecting to another airline's flight, the walking and waiting must be much longer. Good luck to you, from a BA Gold member.