The Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal spans 742,000sqm.


Hundreds test new Abu Dhabi airport terminal


ABU DHABI – Nearly 800 volunteers streamed through the Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal as part of a major test before it opens to the public.

News about the operational test, which was conducted on June 30, was revealed on Sunday (July 21).

No official opening date was given for the Dh19.1 billion airport terminal, which was originally scheduled to open in 2017.

Volunteers during the major test passed through security, immigration, baggage control and customs before boarding one of two Etihad airplanes on the 742,000sqm terminal.

Bryan Thompson, chief executive of Abu Dhabi Airports, said the trials are designed to “safely and securely assess the terminal’s operational capacities and processes”.

When it opens, the Midfield Terminal can process 500,000 bags a day and 8,500 people in an hour, increasing the airport’s capacity to more than 45 million passengers per year. ICA/Expat Media


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