Abu Dhabi International Airport’s new terminal, which is being developed at a cost of Dh10 million, will be operational from 2020, according to media reports. The terminal was scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2019.
It is not the first time that the opening of the new terminal has been delayed. Previously, the terminal was scheduled to open on an earlier date of July 2017.
The project, termed as Midfield Terminal Project, is part of Abu Dhabi’s government’s multi-billion dollar investment to develop other sectors in the economy and reduce its dependence on oil. Once operational, the new terminal will increase the Abu Dhabi International Airport’s passenger handling capacity to 45 million in a year.
Spanning over an area of 700, 000 square metres, the new terminal at the Abu Dhabi International Airport has an architecturally impressive design with a curved roof that appears to float across 18 steel arches and can be viewed from 1.5 km away.
CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports, Bryan Thompson earlier told the media, “When Midfield Terminal building opens we will have excess capacity which will allow us to attract demand and grow the UAE’s aviation sector more broadly and very rapidly.”
In the month of March earlier this year, he revealed that the operational readiness and testing has commenced in various parts of Abu Dhabi’s Midfield Terminal and baggage handling system has been commissioned.
Last month, the Abu Dhabi Airports signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Beijing Daxing International Airport. According to the MoU, both sides will share their best practices in a bid to enhance their operations and achieve efficiency.