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WATCH: Abu Dhabi International Airport creates aviation history for the UAE

The Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) has shown that there is a new era in the history of aviation for the UAE, and welcomed its first passengers to Abu Dhabi at the new state-of-the-art Terminal A.

All the way until November 14th, there will be a transition period for 28 airlines, with operations being conducted concurrently from Terminals A, 1, 2, and 3. November 14 is the day when the full transition of all airlines to Terminal A will take place, and then all flights will take off and land exclusively in Terminal A from November 15. In its first seven days of operations, 637 flights will depart and arrive.

The Abu Dhabi International Airport is changing to Zayed International Airport, and the new name will officially be effective from the 9th of February in 2024, while coinciding with the official opening ceremony of Terminal A.

There are major changes that are coming with Terminal A, such as an in capacity for Abu Dhabi’s commercial aviation sector, more than doubling the current passenger capacity, with the new facilities being able to process up to 45 million travellers annually. Furthermore, it will also be strengthening Abu Dhabi’s global standing as an aviation hub, capable of handling 79 planes at once and 11,000 passengers per hour.

In response to growing demand, the increase in capacity allows for airlines to boost their presence in Abu Dhabi. With leading facilities, including biometric technology to streamline the screening and boarding process, 35,000 square metres of retail and F&B space and 163 outlets for passengers to shop, dine and enjoy, Terminal A will enhance the travel experience for all passengers, end-to-end, plus travellers transferring to other destinations.

Throughout the month of November, flights from other terminals at Abu Dhabi International Airport will gradually transition to Terminal A. Passengers flying before the 15th of November are urged to check travel information with their respective airlines prior to travelling to or collecting visitors from the airport.

“This is a momentous occasion for Abu Dhabi Airports and the emirate. The official opening of Terminal A today ushers a new era for air travel in Abu Dhabi. I’m grateful for the hard work of my colleagues, and partners across the aviation sector, that has helped us reach this historical milestone.” – said Elena Sorlini, Managing Director and Interim Chief Executive Officer at Abu Dhabi Airport

Sorlini added by saying that they look forward to sharing the state-of-the-art facilities, available at Terminal A, with the world and welcoming passengers to Abu Dhabi International Airport’s new home.

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