The international airport ofAbu Dhabi is expected to open its long-awaited new terminal to the public on November 1, with airlines moving operations in stages before beginning flights next month.
Airlines will move into the new building of the terminal A in three phases over a period of two weeks, from November 1 to 14afterEtihad Airways of Abu Dhabi will have carried out a ceremonial flight on October 31, the public operator Abu Dhabi Airports announced on Monday. Wizz Air and 15 other international airlines will depart from the new terminal on November 1, it said.
From November 9, Etihad Airways will operate 16 daily flights, before completing its move to the new terminal on November 14, alongsideAir Arabia Abu Dhabi and 10 other airlines.
Starting November 14, a total of 28 airlines will operate from Terminal A. “We will see a rapid increase in the number of flights operating from Terminal A from November 1-14, and I am excited about the new opportunities and experiences this iconic facility will bring to airlines and passengers.”said Elena Sorlini, Managing Director and Acting Managing Director of Abu Dhabi Airports. “Terminal A will drive the growth of the aviation sector in Abu Dhabi and will be instrumental in welcoming more businesses and tourists to the emirate for decades to come. »
Terminal A will double the capacity of the current airport, capable of accommodating up to 45 million passengers per year. Three times the size of the old terminal and with flights to 117 destinations globally, it will increase the frequency and range of flights to and from Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Airport announced on Monday. Covering 742,000 square meters of built-up area, Terminal A is one of the largest airport terminals in the world.
This comes as Abu Dhabi seeks to diversify non-oil sectors, as part of wider plans to reduce the economy’s dependence on oil, with a focus on developing strategic industries such as travel, tourism, freight and logistics.