Emirates is moving to a new home in Dubai with the phased opening of Terminal Three starting Oct. 14. The first phase of Emirates' operations from T3 will launch all flights to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the Americas, 40 flights a day, which is approximately 15 percent of the airline's total services. Emirates flight EK843 from Dubai-Doha, an Airbus A330-200, will be the first Emirates flight to be flagged off from the new terminal.
Phase Two will include flights to the rest of the Middle East and Africa as well, increasing operations to 99 flights every day, approximately 37 percent of all flights. Flights to Europe will take-off in the next phase, escalating operations to 168 daily flights or 60 percent of all Emirates' services. Each phase will commence after receiving a "clean operational chit" from the previous one to ensure customers enjoy a smooth, seamless Emirates experience. Trials and testing at T3 will continue at a feverish pace to iron out operational creases and remove any system bugs before the soft opening. The next major passenger trial is scheduled for Sept. 27. Emirates' dedicated Terminal Three is planned as a lifestyle destination in its own right, with more than 250 check-in counters at departures including 126 for Economy Class passengers and 32 for First and Business, 60 self-service for passengers with and without baggage, 10 dedicated counters for Skywards premium members, and 18 counters for oversized baggage located in car parking.
Emirates has designed an entire floor of luxurious themed lounges in the 10-story concourse for its premium passengers, with a capacity for more than 2,000, serving the finest international cuisine and offering full-fledged spa facilities. Lounges for unaccompanied minors and special-needs passengers are specifically designed to take the stress off travel. Passengers at T3 will have a number of dining options. For more information, visit www.emirates.com/usa.
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