With Terminal A primed to open to the public from November 1, and Etihad’s Ceremonial flight due to take place on October 31, Abu Dhabi Airports announced that all major services and facilities are now ready to receive the new terminal’s first passengers.
Abu Dhabi Airport Terminal A
The Airport operator has launched a print, digital and broadcast awareness campaign to ensure passengers and visitors to the airport know which terminal they need to go to and is also advising guests to regularly check on www.abudhabiairport.ae for passengers flying from Abu Dhabi International Airport between November 1 and November 14.
With the countdown to Terminal A’s official opening in full swing, passengers flying in November are urged to check travel information with their respective airlines prior to travelling to the airport or collecting visitors from the airport.
Another important announcement by Abu Dhabi’s airport operator is that, during the critical transition period from all terminals (Terminals A, 1, 2 & 3) at Abu Dhabi International Airport will operate simultaneously.
From November 15, all airlines will operate exclusively from Terminal A.
Abu Dhabi Airport Terminal A Location
Part of the awareness campaign is also informing the general public of the exact location of the new Terminal, which has recently been added to all the popular way-finding applications, like Google Maps and Waze.
Reaching Terminal A by car is a quick and effortless journey from both Abu Dhabi and Dubai, with highway signage now clearly sign posted on the E10 and E11 and in other locations in and around the new terminal.
Those taking a taxi or public transport to the new terminal can get dropped off directly at the terminal.
Frank McCrorie, Chief Operating Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “We look forward to welcoming passengers to the state-of-the-art Terminal A, when it opens to the public on November 1.
“The new terminal will bring a major increase in capacity and access to world-class facilities for both passengers and airlines. We strongly suggest that passengers flying from November 1 to 14 check the latest flight information on the Abu Dhabi International Airport website, or with their airline, to confirm which terminal they will fly from or to.”
Abu Dhabi Airports Shuttle Buses
Abu Dhabi Airports have also installed inter-terminal shuttle buses to chauffeur passengers who may wish to move quickly between terminals, comfortably and regularly, to their correct location.
Abu Dhabi Airports is a wholly owned ADQ company that operates five commercial airports in the emirate including Abu Dhabi International Airport, Al Ain International Airport, Al Bateen Executive Airport and the island airports in Sir Bani Yas and Delma.
Abu Dhabi Airports focus on managing, developing and providing aviation facilities and services to passengers and airlines, connecting communities and bringing people closer together. Our mandate is to position Abu Dhabi as a leading global aviation hub through enhanced travel experiences and by boosting economic growth.
Abu Dhabi Airports has overseen the construction, launch and operations of the new Terminal A at Abu Dhabi International Airport, which will bring a major increase in operational capacity and world-class facilities for both passengers and aviation operators, whilst enriching Abu Dhabi’s offering as a destination for both business and leisure tourism.
AUH key milestones
The new state-of-the-art Terminal A at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) welcomed its first passengers to Abu Dhabi, signalling a new era in aviation history for the UAE.
From now until November 14, there will be a transition period for 28 airlines, with operations being conducted concurrently from Terminals A, 1, 2, and 3. The full transition of all airlines to Terminal A will take place on November 14th and all flights will take-off and land exclusively in Terminal A from 15th of November. In its first seven days of operations, 637 flights will depart and arrive.
Abu Dhabi International Airport new name
Abu Dhabi International Airport will be renamed Zayed International Airport. The new official name will take effect from February 9, 2024, and coincide with the official opening ceremony of Terminal A.
Terminal A brings a major increase in capacity for Abu Dhabi’s commercial aviation sector, more than doubling the current passenger capacity, with the new facilities being able to process up to 45 million travellers annually.
Terminal A will further strengthen Abu Dhabi’s global standing as an aviation hub, capable of handling 79 planes at once and 11,000 passengers per hour. The increase in capacity allows for airlines to boost their presence in Abu Dhabi in response to growing demand.
With leading facilities, including biometric technology to streamline the screening and boarding process, 35,000 square metres of retail and F&B space and 163 outlets for passengers to shop, dine and enjoy, Terminal A will enhance the travel experience for all passengers, end to end, as well as travellers transferring to other destinations.
Flights from other terminals at Abu Dhabi International Airport will gradually transition to Terminal A throughout November.
Passengers flying before November 15th are urged to check travel information with their respective airlines prior to travelling to or collecting visitors from the airport.
Updates on arrivals and departures
To ensure passengers and visitors arrive at the right terminal, Abu Dhabi Airports has launched a print, digital and broadcast awareness campaign that urges guests to regularly check on www.abudhabiairport.ae for updates on arrivals and departures flying to and from Abu Dhabi International Airport between November 1 and November 14.
Elena Sorlini, Managing Director and Interim Chief Executive Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “This is a momentous occasion for Abu Dhabi Airports and the emirate. The official opening of Terminal A today ushers a new era for air travel in Abu Dhabi.
“I’m grateful for the hard work from my colleagues, and partners across the aviation sector, that has helped us reach this historical milestone. We look forward to sharing the state-of-the-art facilities, available at Terminal A, with the world and welcoming passengers to Abu Dhabi International Airport’s new home.”