Abu Dhabi’s midfield Terminal on track for 2019 commencement

Published: Thursday, March 30, 2017

The midfield Terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport is on track for 2019 opening and will be able to simultaneously handle 141 aircraft compared to 62 at present, a top official says.

Abdul Majeed Al Khoori, acting CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports, said the budget allocated for the Midfield Terminal has already exceeded Dh19.1 billion while a budget of Dh38 billion has been allocated for the expansion and development of Abu Dhabi’s aviation sector.

“The Abu Dhabi Airports are currently establishing three free zones at the airports of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Bateen. This is expected to generate more than Dh1 billion revenues annually,” Al Khoori said in an interview with Emirates News Agency (Wam).

He said the Abu Dhabi Airports is also considering a plan to allow cargo companies and low-cost airlines to operate from Al Ain airport. Upon completion, he said the new airport facility complex will be able to receive over 30 million travellers every year. The luggage sort-out and handling system at the new airport building shall be one of the best and fastest baggage handling system in the world, as it will be dealing with 19,000 bags per an hour.

Since its launch in March 2016, he said as many as 2.5 million inbound and outbound travellers used the smart gates at Abu Dhabi airport. He said approximately 60,000 travellers use the airport every day with 475 flights daily.

Al Khouri also noted that the Abu Dhabi Airport is continuously watching its capacity and capabilities to handle travellers at the airport. In the past years, the Abu Dhabi airports company initiated expansion projects at the two terminals 1 and 3 of the airport.