Terminal A at the Abu Dhabi International Airport.


New Terminal A cuts check-in to 10 seconds

Abu Dhabi International Airport’s newly opened Terminal A is breaking records with fast check-in and boarding formalities in just seconds, thanks to its advanced biometric services.

Passengers at Terminal A can expect the fastest check-in of just 10 seconds, and flight boarding of a mere 3 seconds using any of the five biometric points in the airport, according to Abu Dhabi Airports.

The new terminal, which opened on November 1, uses biometrics in key areas, such as self-service bag drops, immigration eGates and boarding gates. Its current biometric points apply to Emiratis, residents, and tourists who have travelled through any UAE airport in the past seven years. At the moment, self-service check-in is available only to Etihad Airways passengers, but there are plans to extend services to passengers of other airlines.

Terminal A plans to be the first in the world to have nine biometric airport touchpoints. When fully operational, it will use facial recognition technology to screen passengers during check-in.

Terminal A, which opened on November 1, is one of the largest airport terminals in the world with a space of 35,000 m2. It has 124 retail concessionaires and food and beverage, two health and beauty spas and a hotel.

The terminal can accommodate up to 45 million passengers per year. At triple the size of the previous terminal, and with flights to 117 destinations worldwide, it will increase both the frequency and reach of flights to and from Abu Dhabi, boosting the emirate as a destination for travel, business and entertainment.

The X-shaped building design helps improve operational efficiency and passenger flow featuring four themed piers inspired by Abu Dhabi’s desert, sea, city and oasis natural landscapes. It also features the Sana Al Nour, which is one of the largest indoor public art features in the Middle East, standing at 22 metres tall and 17 metres wide. ICA/Expat Media

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