MTB expected to be 65% complete by year-end

Artist view of the MidField Terminal Building
Artist view of the MidField Terminal Building

Abu Dhabi’s mega airport expansion project – the AED10.8 billion Midfield Terminal Building (MTB) – will be around 60-65% complete by end of the year.

The airport is also slated to open in July 2017, said a senior official of the Abu Dhabi Airport, as reported by Gulf News.

Chairman Ali Majed Al Mansouri said there has been ‘some changes’ to the design but that construction remains on schedule, adding that variations in design were due to the ‘complexity of the building and changes in technology’.

The airport will be fully operational by the end of 2017, Al Mansouri said, though it is currently being assessed whether to open entirely or in phases from July 2017.

The AED10.8 bn MTB is part of a wider ten-year (2009-2019) AED37-40 bn airport expansion plan. A new dedicated ring for arrival passengers has been built at the existing airport site in a bid to alleviate congestion, said Al Mansouri.

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