Abu Dhabi airport terminal plan ready
Abu Dhabi, November 10, 2008
The Abu Dhabi Airport Company (Adac) has unveiled details and plans for the new Abu Dhabi airport terminal, at the second annual World Class Airports conference which is taking place in the capital, a report said.
'An airport is a reflection of a city. Our airports must reflect the growth of our emirate with strong emphasis on safety and security, customer service and be environmentally friendly,' Khalifa Al Mazrouei, chairman and managing director of the Abu Dhabi Airports Company, was quoted as saying in the Gulf News report.
Terminal 3 will be able to handle another five million passengers. It will have ten new gates, out of which two be used for Etihad Airways' new A380. It will start operations in a phased manner.
Adac also gave details of the Sir Bani Yas resort airport, and changes planned for Al Ain International Airport as an alternative to Abu Dhabi. After all these get ready, Abu Dhabi will have the capacity to handle 50 million passengers annually, Adac said.
'This is in line with the Government's direction to diversify our economy from oil and gas to include tourism. The terminal will provide that infrastructure to meet this directive,' added Mazrouei.