Massive capacity, facial recognition gates, 163 shops and more await passengers at Abu Dhabi International Airport Terminal A.
According to Arabian Business News, Abu Dhabi International Airport Terminal A will begin operations on November 1, 2023, bringing a major increase to passenger capacity in Abu Dhabi and strengthening the emirate’s standing as a global aviation hub. Etihad Airways’ ceremonial flight will occur on October 31 before opening to the public on November 1. The new terminal will enhance travel experiences through state-of-the-art facilities for passengers and airlines in the region.
Airlines will transition into Terminal A in three phases over two weeks:
- Wizz Air Abu Dhabi and 15 other international airlines will start flying from the new Terminal on November 1.
- From November 9, Etihad Airways will operate 16 daily flights before going fully operational from its new home on November 14, together with Air Arabia Abu Dhabi and 10 other airlines.
- From November 14, 28 airlines will be fully operational from Terminal A.
When fully operational, Terminal A will have 35,000 square metres of retail space with 163 shops and food and beverage outlets, offering passengers various shopping and dining opportunities. At triple the size of the previous terminal, with flights to 117 destinations worldwide, it will increase the frequency and reach of flights to and from Abu Dhabi.