Terminal A – known as Midfield Terminal Building during the construction phase – will begin operations in early November.
The new terminal features a range of interconnected biometric systems that will invite passengers to enjoy the speed and comfort of a seamless, digitised journey from pre-travel to boarding gate, facilitated by self-service kiosks, streamlined security checkpoints and state-of-the-art baggage handling systems.
Covering 742,000m2, it will be among the largest airport terminals in the world and will significantly increase Abu Dhabi International Airport’s passenger and cargo capacity. Once operational, the new terminal will accommodate up to 45 million passengers per year, be able to process 11,000 travellers per hour and operate 79 aircraft at any given time.
In line with the UAE’s sustainability targets, the building features energy-efficient lighting, advanced heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems and has incorporated sustainable materials in its construction. As a major step towards realising Abu Dhabi Airports’ commitment to limiting its operational carbon footprint, a fully integrated solar photovoltaic system on the Terminal A car park roof powers a 3MW solar photovoltaic plant, saving nearly 5,300 tonnes of CO₂ annually.
The terminal will also feature lounges, relaxation zones, and spa facilities, in addition to 163 retail and food and beverage outlets.
Elena Sorlini, managing director & interim CEO, Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “Terminal A underscores our dedication to providing our international passengers and partners with a premium airport experience. Through leveraging the latest technologies, Abu Dhabi’s reimagined airport experience will offer a seamless passenger journey, fostering connectivity, interactions, business, trade and tourism.”
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