Abu Dhabi International Airport recently announced the opening of its newly renovated Southern runway as part of its expansion plans.
This change is also in preparation for the Midfield Terminal Complex (MTC) which will commence operations in 2017.
This Southern runway was opened with an A380 take-off and landing and officially inaugurated by HE Ali Majed Al Mansoori, chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports and the company’s board of directors.
The upgrade included refurbishment and widening of the Southern runway, elevating it to Code “F” standard, and was the key component of Abu Dhabi Airports’ Southern Airfield Programme. Code “F” status will enable the Southern Runway to accommodate every type of commercial aircraft.
The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of UAE formally handed over the Southern Runway operational certification to Abu Dhabi Airports . The newly revamped runway can now function independently of the parallel Northern Runway. Together, both runways will reach a total combined capacity in excess of 500,000 aircraft movements annually making Abu Dhabi International Airport the largest two-runway operations in the world.