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U N I T E D A R A B E M I R AT E S Y E A R B O O K 2 0 0 8

ADIA was deemed to

be the best airport in Africa and the Middle

East, based on the results of the Airports Council International’s

annual survey into passenger satisfaction.

have greatly contributed to improving passenger flow, especially at times of high-density flights.

ADAC is now constructing a third terminal facility for Etihad Airways with eight gates capable of handling the new generation of wide-bodied aircraft, two of them being Airbus A380 compatible. Plans also include a second runway 2 kilometres to the north of the existing one. This is a category 3 all-weather runway measuring 4100 metres in length, which will be capable of handling the new Airbus A380 double-decker aircraft. A new air traffic control tower will be able to process up to 70 takeoffs and landings per hour.

Scheduled for completion by April 2008, the new terminal will meet Etihad's needs until a huge Midfield Terminal Complex (MTC) becomes operational at the end of 2010. Groundbreaking work has already commenced on this new x-shaped facility, which will boost the airport's overall capacity to around 20 million passengers a year with room for further phased expansion to 40 million. The project also includes new cargo facilities, an airport free-trade zone, and retail and maintenance facilities.

Phase one of the airport free zone – set to occupy 7 million square metres – will be up and running in June 2008. The ambitious project will offer investors a range of centralised facilities and services and is a logical choice to capitalise on ADIA’s strategic geographical position, and to accommodate the large-scale economic development that is taking place in the emirate.

Expansion and redevelopment of the existing cargo facilities will also be completed by mid-2008 and work on new cargo facilities will have begun. More than 50 hectares have been reserved for building three new cargo terminals, two for Etihad Airways, and one for the use of other airlines, with an ultimate combined capacity of around 2.5 million tonnes per year, up from 150,000 tonnes per year at present.

ADIA was deemed to be the best airport in Africa and the Middle East, based on the results of the Airports Council International’s annual survey into passenger satisfaction. It was also recognised as the best airport in Africa and the Middle East in terms of courtesy and customer service.

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