Abu Dhabi airport terminal 3 ready
Abu Dhabi, March 8, 2009
Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) said it has completed a second new runway and a third terminal as part of the Dh25 billion ($6.8 billion) re-development and expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport.
The project has been designed to increase the overall capacity of the airport to more than 20 million passengers per year, said a top ADAC official.
Highlighting the importance of linking the redevelopment of Abu Dhabi’s airport to Abu Dhabi’s “Plan 2030”, Sheikha Al Maskari, ADAC vice president of corporate affairs, said, "We know demand for facilities at Abu Dhabi airport will increase exponentially in tandem with the development and growth of Abu Dhabi as outlined in Plan 2030."
"Our ambitious redevelopment project at the airport will provide capacity while upholding the highest standards in airport design," she noted.
A second new Air Traffic Control (ATC) is underway and the Midfield Terminal Complex, also known as the new airport, will complete the redevelopment plan in few years time, she added.
ADAC, she said, was benchmarking against international best practices as it progresses towards creating a world-class airport hub.
Providing a rare insight into the design fundamentals of the redevelopment programme, Al Maskari, said, "There are three key areas to consider in design and benchmarking when undertaking such a substantial airport redevelopment project."
"First, we considered our passengers and how we engineered their journey through the airport. Taking into account everything from walking times to way-finding and immigration, our airport design has ensured the optimal journey," Al Maskari explained.
"The second consideration was the aircraft. We considered all the factors that affect aircraft using the airport, such as runway capacity, classifications and taxi times. Thirdly, we took into consideration airport support facilities such as catering and cargo automation," she said.
“These three considerations are the foundation for any airport design project to ensure optimum functionality and usability is achieved,” she added.-TradeArabia News Service