Abu Dhabi to Expand Airports to match Etihad Expansion

Posted on 16th June 2014

Abu Dhabi has planned further expansions to its facilities already under construction US$ 3 billion Midfield Terminal Building (MTB)  to match the growth in its flagship carrier Ethiad Airways, according to Tony Douglas, CEO of Etihad.

When MTB was conceived, it was designed so that all 44 plus airlines would be able to operate from it, but Douglas said Etihad’s rapid growth means that the current South side Terminal One and Terminal Three will still be operational when the MTB opens in 2017.

 The UAE flag carrier earlier this year announced a third consecutive year of profit, with net profit surging 48 percent to US$62 million in 2013. Passenger numbers rose 12 percent to 11.5 million and even in the first quarter of this year 14 percent more passengers traveled with the carrier, more than double the 5.8 percent global growth rate predicted by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for 2014.

According to Douglas, "“Etihad have grown by about 30 percent in the last two years in terms of their forecasts and that is 30 percent of a reasonably sized number. In the Dubai Airshow, as well as Emirates and Qatar Airways, it placed the largest civil aviation order in memory."

Abu Dhabi International Airport too is likely to undergo similar expansions in tune with Etihad's growth, according to Douglas.

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