The airport, located 16.5 nautical miles (30.6 km; 19.0 mi) east of Abu Dhabi city, is the second largest in the UAE, serving around 20 million passengers in 2014. It has three operational passenger terminals—Terminal 1 (divided into Terminals 1A and 1B), Terminal 2, Terminal 3. Abu Dhabi International Airport is spread over an area of 3,400 hectares (8,500 acres). Its terminal spaces are dominated by Etihad Airways, which is the United Arab Emirates' national carrier and second largest in the UAE after Emirates. More than 30 airlines offered service to over 120 destinations in more than 60 countries.
Abu Dhabi International Airport
مطار أبوظبي الدولي
|Operator||Abu Dhabi Airports Company|
|Time zone||UAE Standard Time (UTC+04:00)|
|Elevation AMSL||88 ft / 27 m|
Location in the UAE
The airport was first conceived in 1974, in response to the government's plans to modernize the then brand new nation. At the time, Al Bateen Airport (then called Abu Dhabi International Airport) was the main international airport serving the city. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan had realized that it was hard to access the airport, as it was located on Abu Dhabi Island and that the island at the time was connected to the mainland by only one bridge. Also, the city was expanding at the time, making it harder for the airport to expand.
During the late 1970s, a location for the building site was strategically located, so it could be easily accessible. Construction started by 1979 and the airport was inaugurated on January 2, 1982. The old airport's name was changed to Al Bateen airport and the new airport was given its previous name.
The new airport included a circular satellite terminal (with aerobridges) with a single connection to a semi-circular terminal. This design allowed more aircraft to park simultaneously. During the late 1990s and early 2000s, substantial work was carried out on the satellite terminal, to cater for the increase in passenger numbers, including widening the passenger waiting areas and creating extra parking spots. The main terminal also underwent some external changes, especially on the outer facade.
With the withdrawal of support for regional airline Gulf Air after nearly five decades, Etihad became the new airline to be based at the airport. It received full support from the UAE government and has come a long way since its inaugural flight in 2003. Previous Gulf Air CEO James Hogan also transferred to Etihad, bringing aviation industry knowledge and experience.
Terminal 2 was built and opened in September 2005 to relieve the pressure on the main terminal. Terminal 2, however, does not have aerobridges and uses buses to move passengers between aircraft and the terminal building. A second runway (Runway 13L/31R) was opened in October 2008 to cater to increased traffic. Terminal 3 was opened in January 2009. It is primarily used by Etihad Airways. The new Terminal 3, a AED 1 billion (US$270 million) interim facility, was designed to allow for the airport's passenger growth before the planned opening of the new Midfield Terminal in December 2017 (which was eventually deferred by 2 years). Used predominantly by Etihad Airways, the terminal boosted the airport's seven million passenger per year capacity to 12 million. It also added 10 new gates, two of which are Airbus A380 compatible.
During the early years of operation, there were no means of getting to the airport from the cities except for private vehicle or taxis. With the creation of Abu Dhabi's bus network in the late 2000s and 2010s, city-to-airport bus services were introduced.
In December 2011, the government of Abu Dhabi signed a letter of intent to build a United States border preclearance facility similar to pre-clearance customs facilities in Canada, Aruba, Bermuda, the Bahamas, and Ireland. Etihad operated its first flight to the U.S. from the facility January 25, 2014. In 2011, the airport was awarded 2nd Best Airport in Middle East of the Airport Service Quality Awards by Airports Council International The airport celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2012.
Abu Dhabi International Airport consists of three passenger Terminals named Terminals 1, 2 and 3:
A check-in facility exists in downtown Abu Dhabi, for travelers who want to check in at the downtown city centre before they travel to the airport. This facility, known as the City Terminal, resembles an airport terminal building and has lounge and transport facilities. After having checked-in at the City Terminal, travelers can arrive at the airport just one hour before the departure of their flight. A further check in facility is operated by Etihad Airways at the Etihad Travel Mall on the outskirts of Dubai.
Abu Dhabi International Airport has two parallel runways, 13R/31L and 13L/31R. Both are 4,100 m × 60 m (13,450 ft × 200 ft).
Development work has started on a new passenger terminal, the main building and centerpiece of the new airport, to be between the two runways and known as the Midfield Terminal. Upon completion in 2019 (it was due to open on July 7, 2017, then pushed back to early 2019 in time for the 2019 Special Olympics, and now delayed until Q4 of 2019), the Midfield Terminal will increase the airport’s passenger capacity to more than 30 million per year, with options for this to double in capacity to 60 million. An additional facility is under consideration that would take the capacity to 80 million. The general exterior of the terminal was designed by international architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.
The expansion master plan projects include a third 4,100 m (13,500 ft) parallel runway, 2,000 m (6,562 ft) from the existing runways, a new 110 m (360 ft) tower between the two runways with the new Air Traffic Control centre, enhanced cargo and maintenance facilities, and other commercial developments on the land immediately adjacent to and north of the airport. Having a total of 34 square kilometres (13 sq mi) of vast land area, the ambitious project will provide a home base for the UAE's national carrier, Etihad Airways, which will be a major user of new cargo facilities with an ultimate handling capacity of around two million tonnes of freight a year. Close to the new cargo facilities, land has been allocated for commercial activities, business parks, and property developments. Aircraft maintenance facilities will continue to be concentrated on the south side of the existing airport. The plan sets aside land for the growth of other operators such as Royal Jet and Abu Dhabi Aviation. Among other aspects of the project, when completed, are the design of remote aircraft stands complete with airfield ground lighting and hydrant fuel.
The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Abu Dhabi:
|Air India Express||Delhi, Kannur, Kochi, Kozhikode, Mangalore, Thiruvananthapuram|
|Air Seychelles||Mahé (ends 11 May 2019)|
|airblue||Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar|
|Biman Bangladesh Airlines||Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet1|
|Etihad Airways|| Ahmedabad, Amman–Queen Alia, Amsterdam, Athens, Bahrain, Baku, Barcelona, Bengaluru, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Beijing–Capital, Beirut, Belgrade, Brisbane, Brussels, Cairo, Casablanca, Chengdu, Chennai, Chicago–O'Hare, Colombo, Dammam, Delhi, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, Hyderabad, Islamabad, Istanbul–Atatürk, Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta, Jeddah, Johannesburg-OR Tambo, Karachi, Kathmandu, Khartoum, Kochi, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Kuala Lumpur–International, Kuwait City, Lagos, Lahore, London–Heathrow, Los Angeles, Madrid, Mahé, Malé, Manchester, Manila, Medina, Melbourne, Minsk, Milan–Malpensa, Moscow–Domodedovo, Mumbai, Munich, Muscat, Nagoya–Centrair, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta, New York–JFK, Nur-Sultan, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Phuket, Rabat, Riyadh, Rome–Fiumicino, Seoul–Incheon, Shanghai–Pudong, Singapore, Sydney, Thiruvananthapuram, Tokyo–Narita, Toronto–Pearson, Washington–Dulles, Zürich |
Seasonal: Alexandria–Borg El Arab (begins 2 July 2019), Salalah (begins 2 July 2019)
|Himalaya Airlines||Kathmandu (begins 1 April 2019)|
|Middle East Airlines||Beirut|
|Pakistan International Airlines||Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Rahim Yar Khan, Sialkot|
|Pegasus Airlines||Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen|
|Royal Jordanian||Amman–Queen Alia|
|SalamAir||Salalah (begins 2 July 2019)|
|Turkish Airlines||Istanbul–Atatürk (ends 4 April 2019), Istanbul (begins 5 April 2019)|
|DHL Aviation||Bahrain, Kabul, Karachi, Lahore|
|Etihad Cargo||Amsterdam, Bangalore, Bogotá, Bridgetown, Chittagong, Colombo, Columbus, Dammam, East Midlands, Frankfurt, Hanoi, Shanghai–Pudong|
|Star Air Aviation||Karachi|
Abu Dhabi International Airport is connected to the Emirate and its surroundings, including Dubai and Al Ain, by a highway network. Route E20 directly passes the airport. Car rental, taxis and dedicated chauffeur services are available.
The Department of Transport provides five bus routes from the airport throughout Abu Dhabi which run 24 hours a day, including line A1 which leads to the city center. Etihad Airways additionally provides a coach service from Abu Dhabi International Airport to Al Ain and Downtown Dubai. The airport's new midfield terminal will be connected to the Abu Dhabi Metro, however no construction has commenced for the metro, light rail or BRT.
Media related to Abu Dhabi International Airport at Wikimedia CommonsAbu Dhabi Airports Company
Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) was created on the 4 March 2006 and offers aviation-related services at Abu Dhabi's airports. The airports it is responsible for include Abu Dhabi International Airport, Al Ain International Airport, Al Bateen Executive Airport, Dalma Airport and Sir Bani Yas Airport.Abu Dhabi Aviation
Abu Dhabi Aviation Co. (Arabic: شركة طيران أبوظبي) (ADX: ADAVIATION) is an airline based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It serves oil-fields and economic facilities in the United Arab Emirates and other Arab states. Its main base is Abu Dhabi International Airport. Abu Dhabi Aviation is the largest commercial helicopter operator in the Middle East, operating 58 helicopters (15 AgustaWestland AW139s, 24 Bell 412s, 19 Bell 212s), and 3 fixed-wing aircraft (DHC-8). The company employs over 900 personnel, including 150 pilots and 340 aircraft maintenance engineers. The bulk of the company's business activity is in support of Abu Dhabi offshore oil and engineering and construction companies. Other business activities include medical evacuation, survey, photography and charter. All aerial spraying of crops in the UAE and the majority of aerial spraying in Oman is carried out by ADA.Abu Dhabi Metro
Abu Dhabi Metro is a planned metro line that will be part of a larger transit network for the city of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.Al Bateen Executive Airport
Al Bateen Executive Airport (IATA: AZI, ICAO: OMAD) is a dedicated business jet airport located 6.5 nautical miles (12.0 km; 7.5 mi) south east of Abu Dhabi city centre in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The airport is on the Abu Dhabi island. Other tenants include aviation assets of the UAE government. It opened in 1969 as Abu Dhabi International Airport to replace the older airport.Al Raha
Al Raha is a mixed commercial, residential, and leisure area in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, located primarily in Khalifa City A. The area is situated between Umm Al-Nar and Abu Dhabi International Airport. Al Raha includes two primary sections, Al Raha Beach and Al Raha Gardens, featuring eleven sub-precincts: Al Zeina, Khor Al Raha, Al Bandar, Al Seef, Al Dana, Al Rumaila, Al Zahiya, Al Lissayli, Al Shaleela, Al Razeen, and Al Thurayya. Spread over an area of 5.2 million square metres, Al Raha Beach can accommodate 120,000 residents.Aurora Municipal Airport (Nebraska)
Aurora Municipal Airport (ICAO: KAUH, FAA LID: AUH), also known as Al Potter Field, is a public airport located two miles (3 km) north of the central business district of Aurora, a city in Hamilton County, Nebraska, United States. It is owned by Aurora Airport Authority.Although most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, Aurora Municipal Airport is assigned AUH by the FAA but has no designation from the IATA (which assigned AUH to Abu Dhabi International Airport in the United Arab Emirates).Dalma Mall
Dalma Mall is one of the largest shopping malls located in Abu Dhabi. The mall is prominently situated on the Abu Dhabi–Tarif–Al Ain highway, opposite Mohammed Bin Zayed City and at the heart of Abu Dhabi's growth corridor. A short distance from Maqta Bridge and Abu Dhabi International Airport, Dalma Mall is one of Abu Dhabi’s shopping and tourist destination and features over 450 stores and kiosks and is generally known as " Abu Dhabi's Favourite Mall". The mall opened in 2010.Etihad Airways
Etihad Airways (Arabic: شَرِكَة ٱلْاِتِّحَاد لِلطَّيْرَان, translit. sharikat al-ittiḥād li-ṭ-ṭayarān) is the second-largest airline in the United Arab Emirates (after Emirates). Its head office is in Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi, near Abu Dhabi's International Aiport. Etihad commenced operations in November 2003.The airline operates more than 1,000 flights per week to over 120 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas, with a fleet of 117 Airbus and Boeing aircraft as of February 2018.
In 2015, Etihad carried 14.8 million passengers, a 22.3% increase from the previous year, delivering revenues of US$9.02 billion and net profits of US$103 million. Its main base is Abu Dhabi International Airport.In addition to its core activity of passenger transportation, Etihad also operates Etihad Holidays and Etihad Cargo. Etihad established its own airline alliance, Etihad Airways Partners, in October 2015, that includes Jet Airways, Air Serbia and Air Seychelles. Etihad Airways holds minority equity investments in the participating airlines; as well as holding a stake in Virgin Australia, which is not officially listed as an Etihad Airways Partner. Booking for these airlines is consolidated under one network.Gryphon Airlines
Gryphon Airlines is an American-owned airline based in Vienna, Virginia, in the Washington, D.C. area. It became the first airline to offer scheduled flights to the military side of Baghdad Airport when these flights began in March 2007.Gulf Air Flight 771
Gulf Air Flight 771 was a flight from Karachi, Pakistan, to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. On 23 September 1983, while the Boeing 737-2P6 was on approach to Abu Dhabi International Airport, a bomb exploded in the baggage compartment. The plane crashed in the desert near Mina Jebel Ali between Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the UAE. All five crew members and 107 passengers died. Most of the dead were Pakistani nationals, many returning to jobs in Abu Dhabi and Bahrain after spending the Eid al Adha holiday with their families in Pakistan.Gulf Traveller
Gulf Traveller was the all-economy full service subsidiary airline of Gulf Air. Its main base was Abu Dhabi International Airport. It was briefly relocated between Bahrain and Muscat airports after Abu Dhabi pulled out of the Gulf Air consortium in 2005, and in May 2007 Oman also pulled out of the group leaving Bahrain as sole owner of Gulf Air. Gulf Traveller has since been disbanded due to these changes.Khalifa City
Khalifa City is a residential suburb located in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. It is popular among renters.List of Airport Service Quality Award winners
This list of Airport Service Quality Award winners is a representation of the world's airports, which have been recognised by the Airports Council International (ACI) to be leading in customer satisfaction and have thus received an Airport Service Quality Award (ASQ). The ACI gives out the ASQ, based on passenger satisfaction ratings in the ASQ Survey, which is a global survey based on interviews with passengers on the day of travel. Only airports which have participated in all four quarters of
the year and followed the sampling methodology of the ACI are eligible for an Award. Along with the World Airport Awards by Skytrax, this award is considered one of the most prestigious accolades in the industry.List of airlines of the United Arab Emirates
This is a list of airlines which have an Air Operator Certificate issued by the General Civil Aviation Authority  of United Arab Emirates.List of the busiest airports in the Arab states of Persian Gulf
This is a list of the busiest airports in Arab states of the Persian Gulf.Masdar City
Masdar City (Arabic: مدينة مصدر, Madīnat Maṣdar) is a planned city project in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. Its core is being built by Masdar, a subsidiary of Mubadala Development Company, with the majority of seed capital provided by the Government of Abu Dhabi. Designed by the British architectural firm Foster and Partners, the city relies on solar energy and other renewable energy sources. Masdar City is being constructed 17 kilometres (11 mi) east-south-east of the city of Abu Dhabi, beside Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Masdar City hosts the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The city is designed to be a hub for cleantech companies. Its first tenant was the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, which has been operating in the city since it moved into its campus in September 2010.Royal Jet
Royal Jet is an airline based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It is a charter operator aimed at the luxury market between the UAE and Europe. Its main base is Abu Dhabi International Airport, with hubs at Dubai International Airport and King Abdulaziz International Airport, Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore, PakistanSaadiyat Island
Saadiyat Island (Arabic: جزيرة السعديات; jazīrat as-saʿdiyyāt, for "Island of Happiness") is a tourism-cultural project for nature and Emirati heritage and culture. The project, under development, consists of a large, low-lying island, 500 metres (1,600 ft) off the coast of Abu Dhabi island, UAE. A mixed commercial, residential, and leisure project is currently under construction on the island, expected to be completed in 2020. Saadiyat Island is expected to become Abu Dhabi's cultural centre, mostly for the Island’s Cultural District that is expected to include eight museums.The island is five-minute drive away from downtown Abu Dhabi, 20 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport, and one hour from Dubai.Zayed City
Zayed City (Arabic: مَدِيْنَة زَايِد, translit. Madīnat Zāyid), formerly "Abu Dhabi Capital District", is a construction project which will be built 7 kilometres (4.3 miles) inland south of Abu Dhabi island in the United Arab Emirates, between Mohammed Bin Zayed City and Abu Dhabi International Airport. The new district will be the seat of the UAE's federal government, and one of the key centrepieces of Plan 2030. The district will also be the main location for Abu Dhabi's own central government bodies, with the total value of projects estimated at $40bn.The project will also have a fully integrated transport system tying into the rest of the transport network, including a high-speed rail service, metro railway and regional rail connections. Upon completion, the 4,900 hectare Zayed City will serve as a second downtown for Abu Dhabi proper and will be home to over 370,000 residents.
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