Abu Dhabi International Airport

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Abu Dhabi International Airport
مطار أبوظبي الدولي
Maṭār Abū Ẓabī al-Duwalī
Abu Dhabi Airport logo.svg
Airport type Public
Operator Abu Dhabi Airports Company
Serves Abu Dhabi
Hub for
Time zone UAE Standard Time (UTC+04:00)
Elevation AMSL 88 ft / 27 m
Coordinates 24°25′59″N 054°39′04″E / 24.43306°N 54.65111°E / 24.43306; 54.65111Coordinates: 24°25′59″N 054°39′04″E / 24.43306°N 54.65111°E / 24.43306; 54.65111
Website abudhabiairport.ae
OMAA is located in United Arab Emirates
Location in the UAE
Direction Length Surface
m ft
13R/31L 4,100 13,451 Asphalt
13L/31R 4,100 13,451 Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Passenger movements 25,964,178 (Increase5.1%)
Aircraft movements 207,486 (Increase8.6%)
Cargo tonnage 984.388 Increase13.8%

Abu Dhabi International Airport (Arabic: مطار أبو ظبي الدولي‎‎) (IATA: AUHICAO: OMAA) is an international airport in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

The airport, located 16.5 nautical miles (30.6 km; 19.0 mi) east[1] of Abu Dhabi city, is the second largest in the UAE, serving around 20 million passengers in 2014. It has three operational passenger terminals—Terminal 1 (divided into Terminals 1A and 1B), Terminal 2, Terminal 3. Abu Dhabi International Airport is spread over an area of 3,400 hectares (8,500 acres). Its terminal spaces are dominated by Etihad Airways, which is the United Arab Emirates' second largest air carrier after Emirates. More than 30 airlines offered service to over 120 destinations in more than 60 countries with non-stop services to all inhabited continents.[citation needed]


Early years[edit]

The Al Bateen Airport on Abu Dhabi Island previously served as Abu Dhabi's main airport and consisted of a single airstrip with minimal to this, smaller aircraft would land on an unsealed runway located not too far from Al Bateen, and the passengers would be processed in a tiny makeshift building. Limited flights were operated from Al Bateen and included flights to other Middle Eastern cities and Mumbai International Airport (then known as Bombay International Airport). After many years of operations, the airport was shifted to the mainland in 1982. Bateen Airport is presently used as a dedicated business jet airport.

The new airport included a circular satellite terminal (with aerobridges) with a single connection to a semi-circular terminal.[2][3] This design allowed more aircraft to park simultaneously. During the late 1990s and early 2000s, substantial work was carried out on the satellite terminal, to cater for the increase in passenger numbers, including widening the passenger waiting areas and creating extra parking spots. The main terminal also underwent some external changes, especially on the outer facade. Additionally, Terminal 2 was created to relieve the pressure of the main terminal. Terminal 2, however, does not have aerobridges and uses buses to move passengers between aircraft and the terminal. Terminal 3, was constructed over the past five years and this is mainly used by Etihad.[citation needed]

During the early years of operation, there were no means of getting to the airport from the cities except for private vehicle or taxis. With the creation of Abu Dhabi's bus network, city-to-airport bus services were introduced.[4]

Development since the 2000s[edit]

With the withdrawal of support for regional airline Gulf Air after nearly five decades, Etihad became the new airline to be based at the airport. It received full support from the UAE government and has come a long way since its inaugural flight in 2003. Previous Gulf Air CEO James Hogan also transferred to Etihad, bringing aviation industry knowledge and experience.

In December 2011, the government of Abu Dhabi signed a letter of intent to build a United States border preclearance facility similar to pre-clearance customs facilities in Canada, Aruba, Bermuda, the Bahamas, and Ireland.[5] Etihad operated its first flight to the U.S. from the facility January 25, 2014.[6][7][8]

In 2011, the airport was awarded 2nd Best Airport in Middle East of the Airport Service Quality Awards by Airports Council International[9][10] The airport celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2012.[11]

The new Terminal 3, a AED 1 billion (US$270 million) interim facility, was designed to allow for the airport's passenger growth before the planned opening of the new Midfield Terminal in December 2017. Used predominantly by Etihad Airways, the terminal boosted the airport's seven million passenger per year capacity to 12 million. It also added 10 new gates, two of which are Airbus A380 compatible.[12]



Development work has started on a new passenger terminal, the main building and centerpiece of the new airport, to be between the two runways and known as the Midfield Terminal. Upon completion in 2019 (delayed by two years), the Midfield Terminal will increase the airport’s passenger capacity to more than 30 million per year, with options for this to double in capacity to 60 million.[13] An additional facility is under consideration that would take the capacity to 80 million.

The expansion master plan projects include a third 4,100 m (13,500 ft) parallel runway, 2,000 m (6,562 ft) from the existing runways, a new 110 m (360 ft) tower between the two runways with the new Air Traffic Control centre, enhanced cargo and maintenance facilities, and other commercial developments on the land immediately adjacent to and north of the airport.

Having a total of 34 square kilometres (13 sq mi) of vast land area, the ambitious project will provide a home base for the UAE's national carrier, Etihad Airways, which will be a major user of new cargo facilities with an ultimate handling capacity of around two million tonnes of freight a year. Close to the new cargo facilities, land has been allocated for commercial activities, business parks, and property developments. Aircraft maintenance facilities will continue to be concentrated on the south side of the existing airport. The plan sets aside land for the growth of other operators such as Royal Jet and Abu Dhabi Aviation.

Among other aspects of the project, when completed, are the design of remote aircraft stands complete with airfield ground lighting and hydrant fuel.

The general exterior of the terminal was designed by international architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.

City terminal[edit]

A check-in facility exists in downtown Abu Dhabi, for travelers who want to check in before they fly. This facility, known as the City Terminal, resembles an airport and has lounge and transport facilities. After having checked-in at the City Terminal, travelers can arrive at the airport just one hour before the departure of their flight. A further check in facility is operated by Etihad Airways at the Etihad Travel Mall on the outskirts of Dubai.[14]


Abu Dhabi International Airport has two parallel runways, 13R/31L and 13L/31R. Both are 4,100 m × 60 m (13,450 ft × 200 ft).[15]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Abu Dhabi:[16]

Airlines Destinations Terminal
airBaltic Riga (begins 29 October 2017)[17] TBA
Air Berlin Berlin–Tegel 3
airblue Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar 1
Air India Mumbai 2
Air India Express Delhi, Kochi, Kozhikode, Mangalore, Thiruvananthapuram 2
Air Serbia Belgrade 3
Air Seychelles Mahé 3
Alitalia Milan–Malpensa, Rome–Fiumicino 1
Biman Bangladesh Airlines Dhaka, Sylhet1 2
British Airways London–Heathrow 1
EgyptAir Cairo, Sharm el-Sheikh 1
Etihad Airways Ahmedabad, Amman–Queen Alia, Amsterdam, Astana, Athens, Baghdad, Bahrain, Bangalore, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Basra, Beijing–Capital, Beirut, Belgrade, Brisbane, Brussels, Cairo, Casablanca, Chengdu, Chennai, Chicago–O'Hare, Colombo, Dallas/Fort Worth, Dammam, Dar es Salaam, Delhi, Dhaka, Doha, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Edinburgh, Entebbe, Erbil, Frankfurt, Geneva, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Hyderabad, Islamabad, Istanbul–Atatürk, Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen (ends 26 March 2017),[18] Jaipur, Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta, Jeddah, Johannesburg-OR Tambo, Karachi, Kathmandu, Khartoum, Kochi, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Kuala Lumpur–International, Kuwait, Lagos, Lahore, London–Heathrow, Los Angeles, Madrid, Mahé, Malé, Manchester, Manila, Medina, Melbourne, Minsk,[19] Milan–Malpensa, Moscow-Domodedovo, Mumbai, Munich, Muscat, Nagoya–Centrair, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta, New York–JFK, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Perth, Phuket, Rabat, Riyadh, Rome–Fiumicino, San Francisco, São Paulo-Guarulhos (ends 26 March 2017),[20] Seoul–Incheon, Shanghai–Pudong, Singapore, Sydney, Tehran–Imam Khomeini, Thiruvananthapuram, Tokyo–Narita, Toronto–Pearson, Venice, Washington–Dulles, Zürich 1, 3
FlyEgypt Alexandria-Borg el-Arab, Sohag 1
Flynas Dammam, Jeddah, Riyadh 1
Gulf Air Bahrain 1
Jet Airways Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, Lucknow, Mangalore, Mumbai, Pune 1
KLM Amsterdam 1
Kuwait Airways Kuwait 1
Middle East Airlines Beirut 1
Oman Air Muscat 1
Pakistan International Airlines Gwadar, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Peshawar, Rahim Yar Khan, Sialkot, Turbat 2
Philippine Airlines Manila 1
Qatar Airways Doha 1
Rotana Jet Bahrain, Beirut, Chittagong, Colombo, Dalma, Dhaka, Doha, Dubai–Al Maktoum, Hambantota, Kuwait, Muscat, Salalah, Sir Bani Yas Island 2
Royal Jordanian Amman–Queen Alia 1
Saudia Jeddah, Riyadh 1
Shaheen Air Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar 1
SriLankan Airlines Colombo 1
Sudan Airways Khartoum 1
Syrian Air Damascus 1
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk, Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen 1
  • ^1 Biman Bangladesh Airlines' flight from Abu Dhabi to Dhaka makes a stop at Sylhet. However, the flight from Dhaka to Abu Dhabi is non-stop.


Airlines Destinations
Cargolux Luxembourg
DHL International Aviation ME Bagram, Bahrain, Karachi, Lahore[21]
Etihad Cargo Addis Ababa, Almaty, Amsterdam, Bahrain, Bangalore, Beijing–Capital, Bogota, Brussels, Casablanca, Chennai, Chittagong, Colombo, Copenhagen, Dammam, Delhi, Dhaka, Djibouti, Doha, Eldoret, Frankfurt, Frankfurt-Hahn, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Johannesburg-OR Tambo, Khartoum, Kuwait, Lagos, Liege, Milan–Malpensa, Mumbai, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Muscat, Nairobi, San Juan de Puerto Rico, Shanghai–Pudong, Sharjah, Singapore, Tbilisi, Zaragoza[22][23]
Charter: Columbus-Rickenbacker, East Midlands, London-Stansted
Singapore Airlines Cargo Amsterdam, Chennai, Copenhagen, London–Heathrow, Sharjah, Singapore[24]
Star Air Aviation Karachi[9]

Ground transportation[edit]

Etihad Airways provides a luxury coach service from Abu Dhabi International Airport to Al Ain International Airport and Dubai Travel Mall for their customers.[25]

The Department of Transport provides buses throughout the emirate of Abu Dhabi[26] include:

  • A1 - Abu Dhabi International Airport to City Air Terminal (near Abu Dhabi Mall, via Abu Dhabi Bus Station)
  • X81 - Abu Dhabi International Airport to Ruwais ADNOC (Western Region, via Mussafah and Tarif)
  • 162 - Abu Dhabi International Airport to Khalifa Street Abu Dhabi (near Corniche, via Abu Dhabi Bus Station)
  • 211 - Al Rahba to Dalma Mall (via Abu Dhabi International Airport)
  • 240 - Al Rahba to Al Mafraq Workers City (via Abu Dhabi International Airport)
  • 170 - Abu Dhabi International Airport to Zayed Sports City (near Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, however goes via Yas Island, Yas Mall, Saadiyat Island and Abu Dhabi Bus Station)
  • 490 - Abu Dhabi International Airport to Al Ain Bus Station (via Baniyas Court)

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On 19 April 2007, a Qatar Airways Airbus A300B4-622R caught fire while under maintenance at an airport hangar. There were no fatalities but the aircraft was destroyed and was written off.


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