Dubai International is to add ten new stands for A380 aircraft at its Concourse C, as part of a project to increase the airport’s capacity to nearly 120 million passengers by 2023.

The airport already has more superjumbo stands than any other facility at 37, and will take this figure to nearly 50 when it adds ten new A380 stands at Concourse C.

The concourse is part of Terminal 3, used exclusively by Emirates and its partner Qantas. Emirates currently has around 80 A380 aircraft in service, with a total of 142 on order.

The upgrade – part of a project named DXB Plus – is expected to be completed by the end of 2018, and will also see the interiors of Concourse C refurbished, including a redesign of the gate hold rooms, increased lounge space, and “ambiance enhancements to improve the overall customer experience”.

The airport said that the DXB Plus programme aims to increase capacity to 118 million passengers per year by 2023, “without building any additional major infrastructure”.