Al Ain International Airport
Operating since 1994, Al Ain International Airport is Abu Dhabi’s second international airport. Located 18km northwest of Al Ain City, the airport was originally built to serve 1,000 passengers per peak hour.
Did you know?
- Opened in 1994
- Serving nine destinations
- The International airport code is AAN
- The airport is situated 18kms from Al Ain city centre
- The expansion plan is set to double the capacity of the airport
- The first airport in the region receiving 3 ISO and OHSAS certifications.
Al Ain International Airport currently consists of:
- One terminal
- 10 check-in desks, including one for business class travellers
- Four gates
- A 4,000m runway and a parallel 4,000m taxiway that can double as a runway as needed.
Currently, three airlines operate from Al Ain International Airport, with new carriers and destinations to be added in the near future. To meet forecast traffic growth, driven by the growth of the Emirate’s economy and Al Ain’s aerospace industrial activities, Al Ain International Airport will be expanded. These plans include:
- Doubling the sizes of the departure lounge and check-in areas
- The addition of a cargo terminal and bonded warehouse
- Enhancement of the office facilities
- A new hi-tech airline in-flight catering facility
- Improved facilities for ramp operations.
Al Ain Cluster
Al Ain International Airport is home to Strata, the Aerospace Cluster, jointly developed by Mubadala and Abu Dhabi Airports. The aim of this development is to be globally recognised as a centre of excellence for technology and innovation. It is attracting world-class aerospace manufacturers, suppliers, research and knowledge institutions, and educational facilities, which will contribute directly to the overall development of Al Ain International Airport.
The Cluster will serve as a catalyst for:
- Economic diversification
- Employment generation
- Economic development.
Residential areas within the development will offer an attractive and affordable lifestyle for the workforce and this will be a key benefit for companies seeking to establish themselves in the area.
Overall, the Al Ain Aerospace Cluster design serves three objectives. It is:
1. Creating the foundations for a new and internationally recognisable aerospace industry and city hub that is commercially viable and sustainable
2. Attracting additional foreign direct investment to the UAE
3. Enhancing the profile of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi on an international level.
Since 2006 Abu Dhabi Airports has been receiving numerous prestigious awards from prominent international and local organizations in acknowledgement of its operational excellence, as well as marketing, training and corporate responsibility initiatives.