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Dubai airport plans more gates to handle double-decker A380

An Emirates A380 aircraft touches down at Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 marking the first A380 passenger service in O'Hare's history. (AP)

Dubai Airports is boosting the number of specialized facilities to handle Airbus A380 planes at the Middle East’s busiest airport as hometown carrier Emirates grows its fleet of the double-decker aircraft.

The firm said on Monday it plans to add 10 more A380 gates with air bridges at Dubai International Airport’s Concourse C. That will leave it with a world record 47 gates designed for the mammoth aircraft. 

Boost capacity 

The government-backed airport operator plans to complete the project by 2018 at an undisclosed cost. It’s part of plans to boost capacity at the airport to 118 million passengers by 2023.

Dubai International is the world’s third-busiest airport, and handles more international passenger traffic than any other. Emirates is by far the world’s largest A380 operator.

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Last Update: Monday, 26 September 2016 KSA 16:50 - GMT 13:50
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