Terminal 1 Expansion

As part of its commitment to ensuring a comfortable and hassle-free travel experience, Abu Dhabi Airports has completed the upgrading of a number of facilities at Terminal 1, to allow a smoother flow of passengers through the airport.

In March 2015, the following changes took place at Terminal 1 of Abu Dhabi International Airport, which are designed improve overall operational efficiency and increase the speed at which passengers move through the airport:

  • The installation of 350 metres of new walkways directly linking the passenger arrival gates to the immigration halls and transfer screening facilities;

  • The opening of 9 new Code E aircraft stands to accommodate the increasing number of large and wide bodied aircraft at the airport;

  • The introduction of 16 brand new state of the art X-Ray screening machines, capable of processing 2,000 transfer passengers per hour, further accelerating passenger movement and reducing waiting time;

  • Further enhancing passenger flow by enabling transfer passengers arriving at Terminal 1 to proceed directly to Terminal 3 without the need for further screening.

These upgrades to the Terminal 1 infrastructure will significantly improve passengers’ experience. The whole screening process has been improved to increase efficiency as well as security. Passengers will have more space in which to move about and will spend less time queuing, giving them more of an opportunity to enjoy the multiple retail, F&B and entertainment facilities on offer.

The improvements to passenger flows inside Terminal 1 are being complemented by a new road network that will enhance airport access to all travellers, whether arriving or departing, from both Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Vehicles departing from arrivals, departures and the car parks can now get straight onto roads to central Abu Dhabi, Dubai and local areas such Al Raha, Yas Island and Khalifa City.