Al Bateen Executive Airport

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Al Bateen Executive Airport
Abu Dhabi
Al Bateen Airport logo.svg
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Abu Dhabi Airports Company
Serves Abu Dhabi
Time zone UAE Standard Time (UTC+04:00)
Elevation AMSL 16 ft / 5 m
Coordinates 24°25′42″N 54°27′29″E / 24.42833°N 54.45806°E / 24.42833; 54.45806Coordinates: 24°25′42″N 54°27′29″E / 24.42833°N 54.45806°E / 24.42833; 54.45806
Map
OMAD is located in United Arab Emirates
OMAD
OMAD
Location in the UAE
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
13/31 2,200 7,218 Asphalt
Sources: UAE AIP[1]

Al Bateen Executive Airport (IATA: AZIICAO: OMAD) is a dedicated business jet airport located 6.5 nautical miles (12.0 km; 7.5 mi) south east[1] 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.

History[edit]

The airport was built in the 1960s and opened in 1969. It became an international airport in 1970 and had limited connectivity with the rest of the world. Most of the destinations included major Middle Eastern and Asian cities. In 1982, all civilian air services were moved to the new Abu Dhabi International Airport (located on the mainland) and Bateen became a dedicated military airfield.[citation needed]

In 2008 the Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) converted the airport into an executive jet facility, focusing on private jets. The airport registered 3,391 aircraft movements in the first quarter of 2012.[2] Since 2012, the airport has also been the venue for the annual Abu Dhabi Air Expo.

Government use[edit]

Al Bateen's tenants include a UAE Naval Aviation helicopter squadron and the Abu Dhabi Police Department air wing.

Passenger airlines and destinations[edit]

Rotana Jet operates private jet services from the airport, having moved all scheduled commercial operations to Abu Dhabi International Airport Terminal 2 in October 2014.[3]

Solar Impulse 2, a Swiss experimental solar powered aircraft, was given its final touches here in 2015. It used the airport as the starting point for its Around the World circumnavigation attempt. The aircraft took off on 9 March 2015 and flew to nearby Oman and then onwards to India. It was also used as the landing site for the final leg from Cairo to Abu Dhabi, landing July 25, 2016.

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