Abu Dhabi International Airport prepares to manage 23 million travelers

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Abu Dhabi International Airport is getting ready to receive 23 million travelers this 2015, against 20 million passengers managed in 2014.

Abu Dhabi International Airport prepares to manage 23 million travelers

Abu Dhabi International Airport prepares to manage 23 million travelers

Abu Dhabi Airports Company is expending Dh1.5 billion to advance the existing services at its main airport in order to enhance its operational effectiveness to better manage the rising traffic loads, as Abu Dhabi develops into a business and tourist center.

The first phase of the Capacity Enhancement Programme was started at Terminal 1, which is planned to enhance complete operational competence and boost the speed at which travelers move through the airport.

The chief operating officer of Abu Dhabi Airports Company, Engr Ahmed Al Haddabi, said that the new improvements at the airport will help 23 million travelers this year. Nevertheless its aptitude to handle travelers is 24 million travelers.

In 2030, Abu Dhabi has approximated to welcome 55 million travelers. Abu Dhabi is expending Dh1.5 billion on the new enhancements at Abu Dhabi Airport which will let facilitating the massive passenger traffic, ahead of the opening of the multi-billion dollar Midfield Terminal in 2017.

In general approach to this phase has been to reconfigure passenger courses into and through Terminal 1. Under the programme 350-metres of new walkways have been set up which have immediately linked the passenger arrival gates to the immigration halls and transfer screening facilities. The phase saw opening of nine aircraft plunks for broad bodied aircraft.

The new facility will improve the aircraft parking capacity to 72 aircrafts at the terminal 1,2 and 3.

Also 16 X-Ray screening machines have been set up to manage 2,000 transfer passengers per hour in order to speed-up passenger movement and to lessen waiting time. Then the transfer travelers arriving at Terminal 1 will go on straightforwardly to Terminal 3 without the need for further screening.  The upgrades will extensively enrich passengers’ experience. The entire screening procedure has been enhanced to boost competence plus security.

The advancements to passenger flows inside Terminal 1 are being complemented by a new road system that will augment airport access to all travelers, whether arriving or departing, from both Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

The work is projected to be concluded within the next month. Cars departing from arrivals, departures and the car parks will now be able to move straight onto roads to central Abu Dhabi, Dubai and local places like Yas Island, Al Raha and Khalifa City.

Mohamed Dekkak