Abu Dhabi International Airport has been ready for a large spike in passenger numbers during the summer season, through a series of facility developments and service advances.
The airport’s developments for this summer are part of the Capacity Enhancement Programme for Abu Dhabi International Airport. The programme will lift the capacity ceiling to 18 million passengers a year. This will be enhanced by a further 30 million travelers when the Midfield Terminal opens in 2017.
A range of newly completed ground developments and new offers at the capital city’s main air gateway will ensure a smooth and enjoyable passage through the airport’s main passenger terminals as the number of passengers are set to increase to record levels.
These developments include 20 new boarding bus gates that are now fully open to passengers and flights at Terminal-3 increasing the airport flight capacity by 44 per cent as the airport now has a total of 66 boarding gates.
Six new code E aircraft stands for wide-bodied aircraft have also been built in time for the summer rush. These new aircraft stands will boost the airport’s aircraft handling capability at any given hour throughout the day by 10% with a total of 63 stands.
In Terminal 3, the building devoted to home air carrier Etihad Airways flight, 16 new x-ray equipments are instantly in place to speed up the security procedure for transfer passengers. An enhanced and augmented baggage transfer procedure has also been introduced for handling transfer luggage between connecting flights, which will be able to manage more luggage, more efficiently and quicker than formerly, through increasing the handling capacity by 40%.
Corporations and agencies operational at the airport have also guaranteed their preparedness to the anticipated summer season by increasing their manpower in various functions including passport control, check in services, ground services and Police.
The number of flights we will handle during the peak travel months will leap by 18% to nearly 170 every single day of the week compared to last summer. They have made great improvements all around the airport to ensure that all passengers, whether arriving, departing or shifting, will have a great beginning to their holiday travel.