Abu Dhabi Airports readies Terminal A for November 2023 opening

By Kristiane Sherry |

Terminal A Abu Dhabi Airports

Abu Dhabi’s Terminal A will open in November, the airport operator has confirmed.

Abu Dhabi Airports has confirmed its new 742,000sqm state-of-the-art Terminal A will be open and operational in November 2023.

One of the largest terminals in the world, the new aviation space will handle 45 million people a year once fully in service.

The capacity is the equivalent of processing 11,000 passengers per hour. 

Known as the Midfield Terminal Building during the construction phase, Terminal A will eventually operate 79 aircraft simultaneously.

Abu Dhabi Airports describes the move as a “significant milestone” for the emirate. It expects the terminal opening to boost its standing as a global hub for trade and business.

The cutting-edge building will feature interconnected biometric systems, affording passengers a “seamless, digitised” journey from pre-travel to boarding gate.

Facilities will include self-service kiosks, streamlined security checkpoints, and advanced baggage handling systems. 

Other amenities include lounges, relaxation zones, spa facilities, and 163 retail and food and beverage outlets. 

Abu Dhabi International Terminal A design awards

Terminal A has already scooped international design awards for its “monumental” civic space that blends “lightweight aesthetics with functional brilliance”.

The building features energy efficient lighting, advanced heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, and has used sustainable materials in construction. 

A solar photovoltaic system on the car park roof powers a three-megawatt plant, saving around 5,300 tonnes of CO2 annually. 

“As Abu Dhabi’s new gateway to the world, Terminal A is an embodiment of Abu Dhabi Airports’ commitment to support the emirate’s sustainable economic development,” said Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports.

“The opening of the facility, which is on-par with the largest and grandest on our planet, turns over a new page in Abu Dhabi’s 55-year aviation history. 

“A beacon of modernity and sophistication, it will be a pivotal driver for our emirate’s growth by spurring tourism and trade.”

Elena Sorlini, Managing Director & Interim CEO, Abu Dhabi Airports, added: “Terminal A underscores our dedication to providing our international passengers and partners with a premium airport experience. 

“The terminal exemplifies our commitment to excellence and offering exceptional services that meet the evolving priorities of today’s travellers. 

“Through leveraging the latest technologies, Abu Dhabi’s reimagined airport experience will offer a seamless passenger journey, fostering connectivity, interactions, business, trade and tourism, all of which are essential elements in strengthening Abu Dhabi’s position on the world stage.”

Abu Dhabi International posted a 67% year-on-year rise in passenger traffic for the first six months of 2023, with more than 10.3 million people passing through the Middle East hub.


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