Concourse A at Dubai International Airport's (DXB) Terminal 3 reopened on Wednesday afternoon, taking the travel hub closer to its 100 per cent operational capacity.
Flight EK659 which arrived from Male was Concourse A's first flight since the facility was closed 20 months ago on March 25, 2020 as part of measures taken by the UAE authorities to control the spread of COVID-19.
The reopening of the facility follows robust growth in passenger numbers at DXB throughout the year and a consistent surge of demand in the final quarter.
Concourse A will be reopened in phases over the coming weeks, helping the world's busiest international airport to maintain service levels while accommodating the rush of seasonal travellers in December and beyond.
The world's largest purpose-built facility for the Airbus A380, Concourse A is connected to Terminal 3 by an airport train and has capacity to serve 18 million passengers annually.