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Abu Dhabi's new runway

Abu Dhabi's new runway
Abu Dhabi Airports Co. (ADAC) board members and staff stand on the airport's new second runway. The first plane took off and landed at the new $272 million runway on Oct. 12. (Supplied)
Abu Dhabi's new runway
The runway's inaugural flight was given a water cannon reception. Located around 2km to the north of the existing runway, the new 4,100-metre runway is classed as category three, which means planes can use the runway even in low-visibility conditions such as fog. (Supplied)
Abu Dhabi's new runway
The first flight to take off and land using the runway was one of Etihad's A320s. Work on the runway began in May 2006 and includes the development of the airstrip, two major taxi-ways, two cross-field taxi-ways and two fire stations. (Supplied)
Abu Dhabi's new runway
Etihad's A320 lands on the new runway. ADAC on Oct. 12 also announced it had started operations at its new Terminal 3, which will be predominantly used for Etihad flights. (Supplied)
Abu Dhabi's new runway
The airport hopes to expand its capacity to an estimated 20 million passengers by 2012. (Supplied)
Abu Dhabi's new runway
ADAC chairman Khalifa Al Mazrouei said 'significant progress' had been made in turning Abu Dhabi International Airport into a 'world class' gateway airport. (Supplied)