The Terminal 1 at Dubai International Airport and Concourse D resumed operations on 24th June, following 15 months of suspension owing to outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The flynas flight XY201 from Riyadh was the first flight to be welcomed.
They were shut on 25th March 2020 as part of the measures by Dubai to control the spread of the pandemic.
The Dubai Airports operates three terminals at DXB. While Terminal 1 caters to foreign carriers, Terminal 2 serves flydubai and such other budget carriers, and Terminal 3 is dedicated to Emirates airline.
The reopening of T1 will lead to phased return of the carriers from Terminals 2 and 3 in the next few days.
“This move signals our confidence that the outlook for the rest of the year and beyond is one of optimism, as well as being a clear indication of Dubai’s intent to lead the aviation industry in its efforts to enable social and economic recovery of the world,” said Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airports.
He further said that the reopening is a joint effort of several stakeholders involved in operation of world’s largest international airport, and expressed delight in being able to take this major step ahead towards restoration of full airport operations.
Earlier, the CEO of Dubai Airports, Paul Griffiths said that 66 airlines will move to Terminal 1, and the resumption of operations at the terminal will create 3500 different jobs.
Linked to Terminal 1 by an airport train, the $1.2bn Concourse D, was opened in February 2016. The facility offers world-class service levels for over 18 million passengers annually.