With the arrival of the Flynas flight from Riyadh, Dubai Airport's Terminal 1 commenced operations after 15 months of shut down on June 24.
"Dubai’s aviation community came together to turn on the lights and reactivate DXB’s T1 & Concourse D," the official handle of Dubai International tweeted.
The facilities were closed on March 25, 2020, as part of the measures to control the spread of COVID-19.
Terminal 1 is back! After 15 months of hibernation, Dubai’s aviation community came together to turn on the lights and reactivate DXB’s T1 & Concourse D
We're ready to welcome you with our service partners: dnata, @DubaiDutyFree, @DubaiCustoms, @DubaiPoliceHQ, @GDRFADUBAI pic.twitter.com/B6oTk8Vy7r
— Dubai International (@DXB) June 24, 2021
Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Airport, said that Dubai's aviation sector has been at the forefront of a global campaign to restore vital international air services with the opening of quarantine-free travel corridors between the UAE and multiple countries around the world.
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"This move signals our confidence that the outlook for the rest of the year and beyond is one of optimism, as well as being a clear indication of Dubai’s intent to lead the aviation industry in its efforts to enable social and economic recovery of the world," he said, as quoted by Arabian Business.
Dubai administration had earlier in June allowed inbound passengers from South Africa, Nigeria and India to Dubai.
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Terminal 1, where the airport’s Concourse D is located, has an annual passenger capacity of 18 million passengers. The airport, a major international transit hub, is capable of handling up to 100 million passengers a year.