Abu Dhabi Airport’s Terminal 3 Opens

ABU DHABI - The Terminal 3 of the Abu Dhabi International Airport — dedicated to Etihad Airways flights — is now fully operational. Constructed at a cost of Dh1 billion, the terminal has expanded the airport’s capacity to over 12 million passengers a year, an increase of more than five million passengers.

By T Ramavarman

Published: Thu 9 Apr 2009, 12:45 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 3:27 AM

Officials of the Abu Dhabi Airports Company, or ADAC, told a group of visiting journalists at the airport on Tuesday that Etihad Airways has already started using the new terminal.

Terminal 3 has gone through rigorous testing and scrupulous technical assessments since the last quarter of 2008 to ensure passenger comfort, safety and security, according to Shaikha Al Maskari, Vice-President of Corporate Affairs of ADAC.

The new terminal has adopted the most advanced airport operations and navigation systems, as well as quality standards that are internationally-recognised to ensure its award-winning security standards are met, she said.

Located adjacent to terminal 1, the new terminal has a built-up area of 88,000 square metres and 20 premium check-in counters. A multi-storey car park is expected to be complete next month.

The terminal building houses new Etihad lounges and features an exclusive concierge style check-in creating premium travel experience for passengers.

“Featuring world-class retail outlets, facilities like spa and children’s play area the Terminal 3 will provide you more like a hotel check-in experience rather than that of an airport,’’ said Dan Cappell, Vice-President of Non-Aeronautical Revenue and Business Developmentof ADAC.

The unique retail offering at the terminal is managed by DFS, the world’s largest leading luxury retailer, and features luxury brands and products which have yet to be available in the UAE.

The Duty Free Shops at Terminal 3 include luxury outlets with the most sought-after brands. A variety of high quality restaurants and cafes are also sited at the terminal.


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