By Andy Sambidge
Airport chief executive Tony Douglas says terminal construction hits first major milestone
A new AED10.8bn ($2.9 billion) terminal at Abu Dhabi's international airport will be operational in July 2017, aiming to double passenger capacity, Tony Douglas, chief executive of Abu Dhabi Airports, said on Monday.
The 700,000 square metre terminal is designed to boost the capacity of the airport to 30 million passengers annually and will be used by Etihad Airways, the oil-rich emirate's flag carrier, and its partners. Currently, the airport handles around 15 million passengers per year.
Abu Dhabi Airports announced the placement of the first buttress for the main structural steel arches of the Midfield Terminal Building (MTB), seven days ahead of schedule.
Douglas said: "We are truly proud of hitting this important milestone ahead of schedule as it is a clear indicator of Abu Dhabi Airports' unwavering commitment to delivering the Midfield Terminal Building on time and on budget.
"As we celebrate this milestone today, we reaffirm our commitment to deliver on our promise and inaugurate Abu Dhabi's new gateway to the Capital City on July 17 2017."
The buttress assembled on Monday is one of 18 substructures that will form the base of the steel structure.
The mid-field terminal, so called because of its location between the airport's two runways, is one of the key infrastructure projects under construction in the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
A consortium of Turkey's TAV Insaat, Athens-based Consolidated Contractors Co and Dubai's Arabtec is building the terminal.
Ali Majed Al Mansoori, chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports, added: "Achieving this milestone is a significant step along the path of developing world-class airport infrastructure for Abu Dhabi, and its goal of becoming a vital transportation hub for the region. I would like to personally thank the whole team for this proud achievement."For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
This is incredible.
Can you apply to open a retail outlet in the New Airport?