Hundreds take part in Abu Dhabi's Midfield Terminal operational trial

No opening date revealed as yet for the new terminal
Hundreds take part in Abu Dhabi's Midfield Terminal operational trial
Abu Dhabi Airports’ staff and its strategic stakeholders were able to assess processes related to immigration, security, hand-baggage handling, immigration, baggage reclaim and customs, officials said.
By Neil Halligan
Sun 21 Jul 2019 04:41 PM

Abu Dhabi’s $3 billion Midfield Terminal Complex underwent an “intermediate” full operational trial ahead of its planned opening. 

The trial involved 800 volunteers who took part in in simulating the operation of the terminal, and two Etihad Airways aircraft

The new building, expected to be capable of handling more than 8,500 people per hour, was originally expected to open in December 2017, which was reportedly delayed by the design and execution complexities of the structure’s ornate roof. In an update two years ago, officials said the new facility would open by the end of 2019.

However, in an update earlier this year, Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) CEO Bryan Thompson hinted at another possible delay by insisting that he wanted to make sure “we do this right.”

The plan to open it “soon”, however, moved a little closer with volunteers acting as passengers, and two Airbus A330 simulating the process of performing a full 80 minute turnaround on the aircraft during its operational trial.

Abu Dhabi Airports’ staff and its strategic stakeholders were able to assess processes related to immigration, security, hand-baggage handling, immigration, baggage reclaim and customs, officials said.

Bryan Thompson, chief executive officer of Abu Dhabi Airports, said, “Trials are an important step in the delivery of the MTC project, as we safely and securely assess the terminal’s operational capacities and processes. Through conducting trials of this scale and fully assessing the results therein, we will be able to make sure that passengers enjoy an efficient and smooth journey through the MTC from the very first day of operation.”

The terminal, which will be one of the region’s largest, is designed to handle tens of millions of passengers a year, with a baggage handling system that can process almost half a million bags a day.

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