Travel group Dnata is gearing up for a major increase in its operations at Dubai International’s Terminal 2 when the new 37,000 square metre expansion project is completed at the end of March.
The increased space will enable Dnata to serve 700 flights a week from the terminal – 320 cargo services and 380 passenger flights.
The number of passengers passing through the terminal will increase by 50 per cent – equal to an extra five million per year.
The extension includes several new facilities including an additional boarding gate on top of the existing five.
Each gate will be linked to separate lounges. The open gate system will enable simultaneous boarding onto several planes.
“We are glad to be working in co-operation with the Civil Aviation Authority, which runs the airport, to introduce improved facilities,” said Ahmed Linjawi, deputy operations chief at the terminal.
“This will greatly benefit users of Terminal 2, both passengers and cargo customers.”
He said the terminal has seen huge growth since opening in 1998.
“Basically it was designed to handle 10 aircraft with 22 counters and one luggage conveyor belt. We are pleased to offer our customers, after the completion of the new expansion, 36 counters and three belts for arrivals and six open gates for boarding.”
The extension also has first-class and business passenger lounges.