Terminal A at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) will begin operations on 1 November 2023, adding passenger capacity to the hub.

Etihad Airways’ ceremonial flight will take place on 31 October, ahead of opening to the public on 1 November. Airlines will transition into Terminal A in three phases over a two-week period. Wizz Air Abu Dhabi and 15 other international airlines will start flying from the new terminal on 1 November. Then from 9 November, Etihad Airways will operate 16 daily flights, before going fully operational from the terminal on 14 November, together with Air Arabia Abu Dhabi and 10 other airlines. From 14 November, 28 airlines will be fully operational from Terminal A.Operational readiness trials involving more than 11,000 volunteers will conclude on 17 October. Those taking part in the simulations stress-tested end-to-end passenger journeys encompassing systems, equipment, staff and procedures in areas such as check-in, baggage, security screening, immigration and boarding. 

With final preparations almost complete, I am proud to say we are ready to open Terminal A to the public on 1 November. We will see a rapid increase in the number of flights operating from Terminal A from 1 to 14 November, and I’m excited by the new opportunities and experiences, which the iconic facility will bring to both airlines and passengers. Terminal A will drive the growth of the aviation sector in Abu Dhabi and play an instrumental role in welcoming more businesses and tourists to the emirate for decades to come.

Elena Sorlini, managing director and interim CEO at Abu Dhabi Airports

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