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Etihad starts Terminal 3 flights transfer

Abu Dhabi carrier moves passengers to new $300m terminal in phased operation.

The new Terminal 3 at Abu Dhabi International Airport is up and running, with flights including London, Bangkok, Manchester and Paris now departing from there.

The move begins phase two of a five-stage plan to move most of the Etihad Airways' network to the $300 million terminal.

The gradual transfer at Abu Dhabi airport follows three months of testing baggage systems and other processes at the terminal, UAE daily The National reported on Monday.

On March 9, a third set of flights will be moved including those to Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Milan, Munich, Sydney and Toronto.

Phase four will take place on March 16 for departures to Bahrain, Dammam, Doha, Jeddah, Kuwait, Muscat and Riyadh.

The final stage is scheduled for March 23 for Beijing, Delhi, Johannesburg, Melbourne and Mumbai flights.

Terminal 3 will increase the capacity of the airport from seven million to 12 million passengers a year.

The move follows a similar development at Dubai International Airport last October when Terminal 3 opened to boost overall capacity to 60 million passengers a year.

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