| 2 March 2024, Saturday |

Dubai airport terminal 1 to reopen this week, operator says

After a 15-month hiatus owing to the coronavirus epidemic, Dubai’s state airport operator announced on Sunday that Terminal 1 at Dubai International Airport would reopen on Thursday.

Over 40 international airlines will progressively relocate operations from terminals 2 and 3 to the restored terminal, which is the airport’s principal facility for foreign flights, according to the statement.

The airport’s Concourse D is located in Terminal 1, which has an annual passenger capacity of 18 million passengers. The airport, which serves as a significant international transit hub, can accommodate up to 100 million passengers each year.

The announcement comes after Dubai’s government on Saturday said it was lifting a ban on those who had been in Nigeria or South Africa in the past 14 days, and direct flights from there would resume from Wednesday.

Flights from India could also 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 continue to be enforced, however.

Dubai requires most arrivals to test negative for coronavirus prior to travelling 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 have to quarantine at a designated facility until they receive their test results, which would be expected within a day, Dubai’s media office said.

  • Reuters