Abu Dhabi International Airport
|Abu Dhabi International Airport
مطار أبوظبي الدولي
|IATA: AUH – ICAO: OMAA
|Operator||Abu Dhabi Airports Company|
|Elevation AMSL||27 m / 88 ft|
Abu Dhabi International Airport (Arabic: مطار أبو ظبي الدولي) (IATA: AUH, ICAO: OMAA) is an airport in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The airport is one of the fastest growing airports in the world in terms of passengers (+34% in Q1:2008), new airline operators, and infrastructural development. The airport is now undergoing a AED 25 billion (US$6.8 billion) expansion. As of January 2012, 53 airlines offered service to 85 destinations in 49 countries.
The airport is the second largest in the UAE, serving over 10 million passengers in 2010. It has three operational passenger terminals – Terminal 1 (297,000 m2 or 3,200,000 sq ft), Terminal 2 (336,000 m2 or 3,620,000 sq ft), and Terminal 3 (405,000 m2 or 4,360,000 sq ft). Its terminal spaces are dominated by Etihad Airways, which is the United Arab Emirates' second largest air carrier after Emirates.
The new Terminal 3, an 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 2014. 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.
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Development work has started on a new passenger terminal, the main building and centre-piece of the new airport, to be situated between the two runways and known as the Midfield Terminal. Upon completion in 2017, the Midfield Terminal will increase the airport’s passenger capacity to more than 20 million per year, with options for this to double in capacity to 40 million. An additional facility is also under consideration that would take the capacity to 50 million.
The expansion master plan projects also include a third 4,100 m parallel runway, 2 km from the existing 2 runways , a new 110 metre 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 existing airport.
The 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 also 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.
In December 2011, the government of Abu Dhabi signed a letter of intent to build a terminal where American officers will clear passengers to enter the United States, similar to pre-clearance customs facilities in Canada, the Bahamas, and Ireland.
Airlines and destinations
|China Airlines Cargo||Amsterdam, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Frankfurt, Ho Chi Minh City, Luxembourg, Prague, Taipei-Taoyuan|
|Etihad Cargo||Addis Ababa, Almaty, Amsterdam, Bangalore, Beijing-Capital, Benghazi, Chennai, Dammam, Delhi, Doha, Eldoret, Erbil, Frankfurt, Guangzhou, Johannesburg, Khartoum, Kuwait, Lagos, Milan-Malpensa, Mumbai, Nairobi, Shanghai-Pudong, Tripoli, Washington-Dulles|
operated by Atlas Air
|Chennai, Dhaka, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Kabul, Karachi, Lahore, Shanghai-Pudong, Sharjah|
operated by Martinair/KLM Cargo
|Amsterdam, Dhaka, Frankfurt, Hong Kong|
Etihad Airways provides bus coaches between Dubai and Abu Dhabi International Airport for Etihad customers, as well as a coach service to Al Ain . A city bus also connects the airport to Abu Dhabi city centre.
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The rapid growth of Etihad Airways, Emirates Airline, and Qatar Airways has pressed for major expansion in airports of the region. In the UAE alone, Abu Dhabi International Airport must compete with Dubai International Airport, about an hour and a half away by road, which is the busiest airport within the UAE. Based out of Dubai International is Etihad's main competitor, Emirates Airline, which is the largest airline in the Middle East and North Africa and one of the largest in the world. Although many that this proximity may mean ambiguous prospects for Abu Dhabi International Airport, this is unlikely due to the healthy nature of competition between all three airlines.
Additionally, an hour's flight away is Doha International Airport, home of Qatar Airways, which is the fastest growing full service airline in Asia, and one of the fastest growing in the world. Competition on both sides bodes well for Abu Dhabi's airport and its allure to other airlines, as the two other airlines both successfully operate out of other airports. Abu Dhabi International Airport, combined with Dubai and Doha, make for a formidable tri-hub for global air passenger and cargo traffic, which may be boosted by the completion of Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central around 2028. Within five to six years the three airlines, airports, will have a greater carrying capacity than Charles de Gaulle, Heathrow, and Frankfurt all combined.
- 2011 - 2nd Best Airport in Middle East of the Airport Service Quality Awards by Airports Council International
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- EY lease KLM 747 freighter
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- Welcome To Abu Dhabi International Airport
- "ASQ Award for Best Airport in Middle East" Airports Council International. 14 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-13
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- Abu Dhabi International Airport Official website
- Airport information for OMAA at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.