Dubai carrier Emirates plans to move its operations to the new terminal at Dubai South when it completes expansion
President Tim Clark last year said Emirates would take up vacated space at Terminal 1 as the new Concourse D is launched.
Dubai Airports officials said construction of the concourse has just finished and the testing phase will now be launched.
Initially planned for summer 2015, Concourse D from Terminal 1 may be ready in the first quarter of 2016 and be able to handle operations of about a 100 airlines.
“People want to be there (Dubai International) because they can make connections and everyone is there,” Paul Griffiths, chief executive of Dubai Airports said on why airlines are reluctant to move to the new Al Maktoum International airport.
“Now those capacity opportunities are becoming more difficult to satisfy. So people will have to look at different airports.”
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