Thursday, June 19, 2008

Residents asked to test Dubai Airport's Terminal 3

Residents asked to test Dubai Airport's Terminal 3
By Zoe Sinclair (Our staff reporter)KHALEEJ TIMES 19 June 2008

DUBAI — Thousands of UAE residents are being sought to test Dubai International Airport's new Terminal 3.

Terminal 3, dedicated to Emirates Airline, will open later this year and Dubai Airports is looking for about 4,000 members of the public to participate in operational readiness trials during summer until September.

The trials are designed for a smooth transfer of services to Terminal 3.

Emirates Airline this week encouraged 80,000 UAE residents to participate by emailing local members of its frequent flyer programme, Skywards.

"As a participant, you will have the opportunity to visit this groundbreaking facility long before anyone else, as well as be given the chance to voice your opinion on the new processes and be rewarded for your time with 5,000 bonus Skywards Miles," the email states.

The volunteers will be given a script describing their role as a passenger in the trials to help in assessing the various facilities.

But Dubai Airports is encouraging all residents, from frequent flyers to first-time flyers, to participate.

"Apart from the rare opportunity to be part of a historic event, and the chance to be among the first few to experience the world's most modern airport terminal, 'trial volunteers' will also be offered exciting gifts and citations," the airport stated.

Those who want to participate in the trials can register at

The expansion project is expected to increase the airport's capacity to 75 million passengers annually.

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