KAMPALA, Uganda (eTN) – The Kampala office of Dubai’s global airline, Emirates Airline, has now given out information that the airline will move all operations to the new Terminal 3 at Dubai’s International Airport from about mid-October this year.
The new terminal is expected to double the airport’s current passenger throughput, and the opening will come into effect over several phases. This move comes to avoid a repeat of the disgraceful opening of the new Terminal 5 at London’s Heathrow Airport a few monthS ago, for which both British Airways and the British Airport Authority came under sustained criticism. Thousands of pieces of luggage were lost at the time, and passengers messed about to no end, compounding the loss of popularity of BA from the former “world’s favorite airline” to “best avoided,” as voiced by many travelers.
Emirates and the airport management in Dubai are already, according to published reports, training staff and testing systems. Eventually, all Terminal 1 operations of Emirates will move to the new terminal, concentrating all the airline’s arrivals and departures in the new facility.
Several more test runs and trials will be conducted between now and the expected opening date.
Dubai is expecting to handle up to 40 million passengers this year, and in spite of the global aviation crisis, Emirates seems nearly immune against the global trend bedeviling the industry right now. There seems to be no end in sight of the boom created by Dubai Incorporated, which started its vision for a transformation of the Emirates in the late ‘70s and subsequently saw the biggest building boom and infrastructural developments over the past 30 years ever witnessed in human history.