With summer well underway, the Abu Dhabi International Airport has geared up for a huge spike in passenger numbers. This is being undertaken through a series of facility developments and service upgrades.
The range of facilities include 20 new boarding bus gates increasing the airport flight capacity by 44% as the airport now has a total of 66 boarding gates, six new code E aircraft stands for wide-bodied aircraft. These new aircraft stands will increase the airport’s aircraft handling capability at any given hour throughout the day by 10%, with a total of 63 stands.
In Terminal 3, 16 new x-ray machines are now in place to speed up the security process for transfer passengers. This is followed by an enhanced and expanded baggage transfer system increasing the handling capacity by 40%.
HE Ali Majed Al Mansoori, chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “The number of flights we will handle during peak travel months will leap by 18% to nearly 170 every single day of the week compared to last summer. We have made great improvements all around the airport.”
The airport’s developments for this summer are part of the Capacity Enhancement Programme (CEP) for Abu Dhabi International Airport. The CEP will lift the capacity ceiling at Abu Dhabi International Airport to 18 million passengers a year. This will be boosted by a further 30 million passengers when the Midfield Terminal opens in 2017.