Abu Dhabi Airports, the operator for Abu Dhabi International Airport, has announced that the steel works at the new Midfield Terminal are almost complete.
HE Ali Majed Al Mansoori, chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports, said, “The year 2015 is destined to be a defining year for Abu Dhabi Airports. Last year Abu Dhabi International Airport registered 20% increase in traffic, which translated into 20 million passengers passing through its terminals. In 2015 we will witness further growth with a record 24 million passengers forecasted to pass through Abu Dhabi International Airport. In parallel, the Midfield Terminal Building will register the achievement of several key milestones this year as the building structure takes its eventual form.
“With 99% of steel works completed on all four piers, the building structure has become a visible landmark from the air and the ground, for both passengers flying in and out of Abu Dhabi as well as residents driving by. This achievement has allowed us to start the building enclosure around the piers, which will enable the building structure to take its final shape during the course of 2015.”
The new Midfield Terminal building has four piers accommodating 65 stands in total. The longest pier stretches over 1,640ft with all four piers using a total
of 13,300 tons of steel. The building enclosures will include 1,884,000ft2 of glass for the curtain walling and 2,800,000ft2 of aluminum for the roof.
The new structure will house the latest technologies available worldwide, including a tote-based baggage handling system (BHS) that is capable of handling 19,000 bags per hour.
Mansoori added, “Today we start the ground works on the Automated People Mover (APM) tunnel that will connect the Midfield Terminal building to the future terminal buildings at Abu Dhabi International Airport. This is a key strategic milestone for Abu Dhabi Airports as it paves the way for future growth of aviation within the Emirate and the region, beyond 2017.”
Watch a video of the latest construction developments at the Midfield Terminal Site here.