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Etihad growth prompts capacity upgrade at Abu Dhabi Airport

12-Nov-2010 11:47 AM

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) stated it would spend AED500 million (USD136.1 million) to raise the passenger handling capability at Abu Dhabi International Airport by 75% over the next two years (The National, 11-Nov-2010). ADAC stated the capacity enhancement programme will be implemented to increase the throughput potential of the airport from 12 million to 20 million passengers p/a. The expansion will occur as Etihad Airways outgrows capacity at Terminal 3 after just two years in operation. The carrier commented: "Etihad's growth has put enormous pressure on Abu Dhabi International Airport." The improvements will serve as a stop-gap measure for the airport's facilities until the opening of the planned USD6.8 billion Midfield Terminal, which will become the permanent hub of Etihad, which generates 70% of the airport's traffic. The planned opening date of the Midfield Terminal is between 2015 and 2016.