Abu Dhabi Airports’ mega terminal project delayed

The opening of Abu Dhabi Airports’ $2.94 billion Midfield Terminal has been pushed back by two years, according to local papers.

Midfield Terminal, AUH
Midfield Terminal, AUH

The expansion of its Abu Dhabi International, had already been delayed by around five months until December this year.

The National, Gulf News and Al Etihad have all reported the delay, citing a senior Abu Dhabi official, although no reason was given.

Sources close to the project told Reuters in March that there were complexities relating to the design and execution of the roof that were causing issues.

The Midfield Terminal will be able to accommodate up to 30 million passengers a year when it opens, taking Abu Dhabi International Airport’s passenger capacity to 45 million, almost double the 23 million passengers it attracted in 2015.

The 700,000-0 square-metre terminal building has an architecturally impressive design with a curved roof that appears to float across 18 steel arches and can be viewed from 1.5 km away.

A consortium of Turkey’s TAV Insaat, Athens-based Consolidated Contractors Company and Dubai’s Arabtec are building the facility.

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