Inside Abu Dhabi’s new airport as Terminal A welcomes first passengers

Abu Dhabi International Airport Terminal A

Abu Dhabi’s new state-of-the-art Terminal A has welcomed its first passengers, signalling a new era in aviation history for the UAE.

A transition period is currently underway for 28 airlines, with operations being conducted concurrently from Terminals A, 1, 2, and 3.

The full transition of all airlines to Terminal A will take place on November 14th, with all flights taking off and landing there exclusively from November 15th.

Terminal A brings a major increase 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.

It features 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.

Elena Sorlini, Managing Director and Interim Chief Executive Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “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 from my colleagues, and partners across the aviation sector, that has helped us reach this historical milestone.

“We 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.”