Abu Dhabi International Airport is set to launch its new Passenger Terminal (A) on November 1st, significantly boosting its annual capacity to an impressive 45 million passengers, according to a statement released on Tuesday by Abu Dhabi Airports.
Regarded as one of the largest airport terminals in the world, Terminal A aims to solidify Abu Dhabi’s position as a global hub for tourism and trade. The new facility will triple the size of the previous building and is designed to handle flights to 117 destinations worldwide. The terminal will notably increase the range and number of flights to and from Abu Dhabi.
Airlines will transition to the new terminal in three phases over a two-week period. Following Etihad Airways’ ceremonial flight, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi and 15 other international airlines will commence operations from the new building on November 1st.
From November 9th, Etihad will operate 16 daily flights before fully moving to its new home on November 14th, along with Air Arabia Abu Dhabi and 10 other airlines. In total, 28 airlines will operate from Passenger Terminal (A) as of November 14th.
“The new terminal will play a significant role in driving the growth of the aviation sector in Abu Dhabi. It will also effectively attract more businesses and tourists to the emirate for decades to come.”The new terminal will play a significant role in driving the growth of the aviation sector in Abu Dhabi. It will also effectively attract more businesses and tourists to the emirate for decades to come”Managing Director and CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports Elina Sorlini
Retail and Dining: A World of Choices
When at full operational capacity, Terminal A will offer a retail haven across 35,000 square meters, featuring a diverse lineup of 163 stores and food and beverage outlets. Luxury shoppers will be delighted to find high-end brands such as Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, and Ferragamo.
Adding to the retail allure is the world’s first airport-based Muji store. Beyond shopping, Terminal A will house two health and beauty spas, a 138-room hotel, and an inviting open-air lounge for relaxation.
Green and Smart Operations
In a nod to sustainability, Terminal A aims to cut water consumption by 45%. A solar plant, equipped with over 7,500 panels, will generate three megawatts of power, offsetting 5,300 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.
Setting another milestone, Terminal A will debut an advanced surface movement control system, a first for the Middle East. This system will optimize aircraft landings even in low-visibility conditions, enhancing safety and efficiency, according to the operator.