Abu Dhabi Airports has completed the latest stage of its Capacity Enhancement Programme (CEP), which is designed to help reduce waiting times and ease congestion between now and the opening of the new Midfield Terminal in 2017. The CEP is being undertaken in response to rapid passenger growth, which is highlighted by the 20% year-on-year increase experienced at Abu Dhabi International Airport in 2014.
The latest stage of the CEP has seen the installation of 350 metres of new walkways directly linking the passenger arrival gates to the immigration halls and transfer screening facilities, the introduction of 16 new x-ray screening machines to help further secure and expedite the security screening process for passengers, and improvement to passenger flow by enabling transfer passengers arriving at Terminal 1 to proceed directly to Terminal 3 without the need for further screening. Nine new Code E aircraft stands have also been opened.
H.E. Ali Majed Al Mansoori, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “We are very pleased to have completed the next phase of our ongoing Capacity Enhancement Programme, which is aimed at ensuring that Abu Dhabi International airport is properly equipped to handle the increasing growth in passenger numbers. Starting today, passengers will find the whole experience of moving around Terminal 1 simpler, easier and more enjoyable. This upgrade to our facilities is part of a continuing programme aimed at delivering the best possible passenger experience, using the most advanced and most innovative means at our disposal.”
“Looking ahead, there are a number of ongoing initiatives in and around the airport which will achieve the same purpose. We are firm in our intention to become a leading global air transportation hub and in order to do so, we need to ensure that all parts of a passenger’s journey into and out of terminal buildings, aircraft stands, and runways at Abu Dhabi International Airport is as easy and as comfortable as possible and to increase both processing speed, and passenger and aircraft flow.”