Dubai’s state airport operator on Sunday said it might reopen Terminal 1 at Dubai International Airport on Thursday after a 15-month closure because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Over 40 international airlines will now gradually shift operations to the reopened terminal, the airport’s main facility for foreign airlines, from terminal 2 and 3, it said.
Terminal 1, where the airport’s Concourse D is found, has an annual passenger capacity of 18 million passengers. The airport, a significant international transit hub, is capable of handling up to 100 million passengers a year.
“@DXB’s Terminal 1 and Concourse D is to reopen June 24, the first time since facilities were closed in March 2020 due to Covid-19. The significant move signals the return of growth to Dubai and the UAE’s aviation and travel and tourism sectors,” said Dubai Airport in a tweet.
@DXB’s Terminal 1 and Concourse D is to reopen June 24, the first time since facilities were closed in March 2020 due to Covid-19. The significant move signals the return of growth to Dubai and the UAE’s aviation and travel and tourism sectors.— Dubai Airports (@DubaiAirports) June 20, 2021
The announcement comes after Dubai’s government on Saturday said it had been lifting a ban on people who had been in Nigeria or South Africa within the past 14 days, and direct flights from there would resume from Wednesday.
International flights from India have also set to resume and Indians who hold United Arab Emirates residents visas could enter as long as they have received two doses of UAE-approved coronavirus vaccines.
A ban on non-residents who had visited India in the past two weeks would still be enforced, however.
Dubai requires most arrivals to test negative for coronavirus before traveling to the Middle East tourism hub which reopened to foreign visitors last July. Passengers are also typically tested on arrival too.
Arrivals from India would need to quarantine at a designated facility until they receive their test results, which might be expected within a day, Dubai’s media office said.