Abu Dhabi International Airport

Abu Dhabi International Airport
Abu Dhabi International Airport
مطار أبوظبي الدولي
AUH is located in United Arab Emirates
Location of airport in UAE
Airport type Public
Operator Abu Dhabi Airports Company
Serves Abu Dhabi
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 27 m / 88 ft
Coordinates 24°25′41″N 54°38′49″E / 24.42806°N 54.64694°E / 24.42806; 54.64694
Website www.abudhabiairport.ae
Direction Length Surface
m ft
13R/31L 4,100 13,452 Asphalt
13L/31R 4,100 13,452 Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Passengers 11 million

Abu Dhabi International Airport (Arabic: مطار أبو ظبي الدولي‎) (IATA: AUHICAO: OMAA) is an airport in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The airport is one of the fastest growing airports in the world in terms of passengers (+34% in Q1:2008), new airline operators, and infrastructural development. The airport is now undergoing a major expansion, the total amount earmarked for projects is US$6.8 billion.

Abu Dhabi airport is the second largest in the UAE, serving 11 million passengers in 2010. Its terminal spaces are dominated by Etihad Airways which is the United Arab Emirates' second largest air carrier after Emirates.

The newest terminal, Terminal 3, opened in January 2009, enabling the airport to handle, approximately, 12 million passengers per annum. It is expected that passenger numbers will reach this level in 2011.

Development work has also started on a new passenger terminal, to be situated between the two runways and known as the Midfield Terminal. Upon completion in 2016, the Midfield Terminal will take the airport’s passenger capacity to more than 20 million per year.



The expansion masterplan projects include a second 4,100 m parallel runway 2 km from the existing runway (already operational as of 2009); a new 110 metre tower between the two runways with the new Air Traffic Control centre; the new Midfield Terminal (the main building and centre-piece of the new airport) which is set for first phase completion in 2014; enhanced cargo and maintenance facilities and other commercial developments on the land immediately adjacent to and north of the existing airport.

The Midfield Terminal, when opened, will handle up to 20 million passengers per year, with options for this to double in capacity to 40 million. An additional facility is also under consideration that would take the capacity to 50 million.

The new Terminal 3, opened in January 2009,[1] a UAE Dirhams 1 billion (US$ 271.9 million) interim facility, is to cater to the airport's passenger growth before the opening of the Midfield Terminal. Used predominantly by Etihad Airways, the terminal boosted the airport's seven million passenger per year capacity to 12 million. The new Terminal 3 also added 10 new gates at the airport, two of which are Airbus A380 compatible.

Abu Dhabi International Airport has a three star rating from Skytrax.[2]

The airport handled more than 10 million passengers in 2010.

Terminal 2 is capable of handling up to two million passengers per year. It was built as a solution to air traffic volumes which have outgrown the existing terminal.

The project will provide a home base for the UAE's national carrier, Etihad Airways, which will be a major user of new cargo facilities with an ultimate handling capacity of around two million tonnes of freight a year. Close to the new cargo facilities land has been allocated for commercial activities, business parks and property developments. Aircraft maintenance facilities will continue to be concentrated on the south side of the existing airport. The plan also sets aside land for the growth of other operators such as Royal Jet and Abu Dhabi Aviation. One of the first phases of the project will be the construction of a second 4,100 metre runway which will cater for the latest generation of aircraft, including the new Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger aircraft.

Among other aspects of the project, when completed, are the design of remote aircraft stands complete with airfield ground lighting and hydrant fuel.

Airlines and destinations

Passenger services

An A380-800 painted in Etihad colours at Abu Dhabi International Airport. The airline has not yet received its ordered aircraft.
A Boeing 737-200Adv being serviced at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Abu Dhabi, United Arab
International Terminal 1
The interior of Terminal 1
The exterior of the airport seen from the runway
Passport stamps from Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Airlines Destinations Terminal
Air Arabia Egypt Alexandria 2
Air Astana Almaty, Astana 1
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle 1
Air India Delhi, Mumbai 1
Air India Express Amritsar, Chennai, Delhi, Kochi, Kozhikode, Mangalore, Muscat, Trivandrum, Tiruchirapalli 1
Airblue Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar 2
Arik Air Lagos [begins 29 November] 1
Biman Bangladesh Airlines Chittagong, Dhaka, Sylhet 2
British Airways London-Heathrow, Muscat 1
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong1 1
Czech Airlines Prague 1
EgyptAir Cairo 1
Etihad Airways Alexandria, Amman-Queen Alia, Arbil, Baghdad, Bangalore, Beirut, Cairo, Casablanca, Chennai, Colombo, Damascus, Dhaka, Hyderabad, Kathmandu, Khartoum, Kozhikode, Moscow-Domodedovo, Tehran-Imam Khomeini, Trivandrum 1 [3]
Etihad Airways Almaty, Astana, Athens, Bahrain, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Beijing-Capital, Brisbane, Brussels, Cape Town, Chengdu [begins 15 December],[4] Chicago-O'Hare, Dammam, Delhi, Doha, Dublin, Düsseldorf [begins 16 December], Frankfurt, Geneva, Islamabad, Istanbul-Atatürk, Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta, Jeddah, Johannesburg, Karachi, Kochi, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Lahore, Larnaca, London-Heathrow, Mahé,[5] Malé, Manchester, Manila, Melbourne, Milan-Malpensa, Minsk, Mumbai, Munich, Muscat, Nagoya-Centrair, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Peshawar, Riyadh, Seoul-Incheon, Shanghai-Pudong [begins 1 March],[6] Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo-Narita, Toronto-Pearson 3 [7]
Gulf Air Bahrain 1
Iran Aseman Airlines Lar 2
Jazeera Airways Kuwait 1
Jet Airways Delhi, Mumbai 1
Kam Air Kabul 2
KLM Amsterdam, Muscat 1
Kuwait Airways Kuwait 1
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Muscat 1
Middle East Airlines Beirut 1
Nas Air Jeddah, Riyadh 2
Oman Air Muscat 1
Pakistan International Airlines Faisalabad, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Rahim Yar Khan 2
Qatar Airways Doha 1
Royal Falcon Amman-Marka, Amman-Queen Alia 1
Royal Jordanian Amman-Queen Alia, Muscat 1
Saudi Arabian Airlines Jeddah, Madinah, Riyadh 1
Shaheen Air International Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar 2
Singapore Airlines Kuwait, Singapore 1
SriLankan Airlines Colombo 1
Sudan Airways Khartoum 2
Syrian Air Aleppo, Damascus 1
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk 1
Turkmenistan Airlines Ashgabat 2
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev-Boryspil 1
Virgin Australia
operated by V Australia
Sydney 3
Yemenia Riyan, Sana'a 2

^1 Cathay Pacific service HKG to AUH continues onto Jeddah, however they don't have rights to carry passengers between AUH and JED.

Cargo airlines

Airlines Destinations
Cargolux Luxembourg
China Airlines Cargo Taipei-Taoyuan
Etihad Crystal Cargo Addis Ababa, Bangalore, Beijing-Capital, Chennai, Colombo, Delhi, Dhaka, Erbil, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Khartoum, Kolkata, Milan-Malpensa, Mumbai, Nairobi, N'Djamena, Shanghai-Pudong
Etihad Crystal Cargo
operated by World Airways
Amsterdam, Dhaka, Hahn, Kabul, Karachi, Lagos, Lahore, Shanghai-Pudong, Sharjah
Lufthansa Cargo Hahn
Maximus Air Cargo Lahore
Turkmenistan Airlines Ashgabat


Statistics for Abu Dhabi International Airport[8][9]
Year Total passengers Total cargo (in tonnes) Total aircraft movements
1998 3,131,283 79,847 45,927
1999 3,522,306 92,267 50,694
2000 3,684,307 318,632 57,111
2001 3,588,015 385,055 65,134
2002 3,986,665 391,079 35,987
2004 5,247,000 N/A N/A
2005 5,465,987 N/A N/A
2006 6,289,457 257,622 75,437
2007 6,926,000 315,317 82,287
2008 9,026,000 353,820 93,163

Ground transportation

Etihad Airways provides bus coaches between Dubai and Abu Dhabi International Airport for Etihad customers.[10] A city bus also connects the airport to Abu Dhabi city centre.[11]

Notes and references

  1. ^ "Abu Dhabi International Airport". Abu Dhabi International Airport. 2009. http://www.abudhabiairport.ae/theairport/index.asp. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  2. ^ "Airport Star Ranking - 3 Star Airports". Skytrax. 2007. http://www.airlinequality.com/AirportRanking/3-Star.htm. Retrieved 2007-03-30. 
  3. ^ Abu Dhabi International Airport Information: Terminal 1 | Etihad Airways
  4. ^ Chengdu to become Etihad Airways' 69th destination
  5. ^ Etihad to fly to the Seychelles
  6. ^ Etihad eyes Shanghai as part of China expansion | ArabianSupplyChain.com
  7. ^ Abu Dhabi International Airport Information: Terminal 3 | Etihad Airways
  8. ^ Welcome To Abu Dhabi International Airport
  9. ^ www.azworldairports.com - Traffic statistics for 2001 & 2002
  10. ^ Dubai." Retrieved on 6 February 2009.
  11. ^ Welcome To Abu Dhabi International Airport

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