Abu Dhabi International Airport’s Midfield terminal building is scheduled to begin operating early in November, improving the state’s position as a global hub for business and trade.
The new terminal, which will be known as Terminal A, will be able to accommodate about 45 million passengers per year, process 11 000 travellers per hour and operate 79 aircraft at any one time.
“As Abu Dhabi’s new gateway to the world, Terminal A is an embodiment of Abu Dhabi Airports’ commitment to support the emirate’s sustainable economic development,” said Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports.
The terminal covers 742,000 square meters and is one of the largest airport terminals in the world. It is expected to increase the airport’s passenger and cargo capacity.
Airlines including Etihad Airways, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi and Air Arabia Abu Dhabi will move into the new terminal.
Passenger traffic through Abu Dhabi International Airport jumped 67% year-on-year in the first six months of the year as it expanded its route network and added more airline customers.
Abu Dhabi intends to increase the tourism sector’s contribution to its gross domestic product to 12% by 2030, up from 5% this year, as the emirate continues to promote itself as a travel and culture destination.