Abu Dhabi Airport expects 20 million passengers in next few years

By Charlotte Turner |

Passenger traffic increased by 15.6% YOY at Abu Dhabi International Airport in February, according to ADAC, which will begin its extensive Midfield Terminal Complex RFP programme next month for its duty free and larger F&B facilities.


The airport’s passenger statistics showed that 1,411,881 passengers used the airport during the month, growing from 1,221,686 during the same month a year ago. Aircraft movements increased to 11,174 in February 2014, recording 12.2% growth when compared with 9,960 movements logged in February 2013.


Eng. Ahmad Al Haddabi, Chief Operations Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “The year 2014 is anticipated to be another record year for Abu Dhabi International Airport as the airport continues to register double digit growth in passenger traffic.”


“Such momentum will have no doubt its challenges in terms of capacity management, quality assurance, and efficiency. In spite of that, Abu Dhabi Airports is determined to continue provide and implement innovative solutions to ease the travel experience of passengers until the MTB is opened in 2017 to introduce new meaning to modern day travel.”


Artist’s impression of Abu Dhabi’s Midfield Terminal Building (MTB).


Within the next few years, over 20m passengers are expected to use Abu Dhabi International Airport as their origin, destination or transit point. The Midfield Terminal Building (MTB), Abu Dhabi Airports’ iconic expansion project, is being constructed to handle increasing passenger traffic.


The project features one of the largest terminal buildings in the world spread over a space of 700,000sq m. The MTB will also presents a space of 28,000sq m of duty free shops and restaurants and provide an initial capacity of 30m passengers per year.


The top five routes from Abu Dhabi International Airport during February were Bangkok, Jeddah, Doha, Manila and London Heathrow.


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