The International Airport of Abu Dhabi is the airport of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The airport is both an important hub for Gulf Air as well as for Etihad Airways.
The airport was opened in 1982 as a replacement for the old, suburban airport, which has since been used only for military purposes. It is located about 26 km southeast of the city and about 10 km away from the highway to Dubai. A public transport exists only by shuttle buses to the downtown terminal (where there are check-in counters), as well as taxis and private mini bus operators. With the proposed Abu Dhabi Metro is a fast rail connection is being promised, which, however will not be ready much before 2014.
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The airline Etihad Airways has opened at Abu Dhabi Airport, in 2005 a luxurious lounge for their passengers to the Diamond and Pearl Zone (First and Business Class). This offers a bar, showers and a business centre with Internet access and a special family area for guests with children.
The original passenger capacity of 3.5 million with commissioning in 1982 has long since been far exceeded. In 2008 there were over 9 million passengers, an increase of 30.2 percent over 2007. Development plans are approved that could take the airport capacity up to 40 million passengers but with Dubai building a second international airport just 80km from Abu Dhabi it remains to be seen if this will come to fruition.
In January 2009 a third terminal was opened, which is used mainly by Etihad Airways. In October 2008, two kilometers north of the first runway, a second parallel runway, which is also suitable for large aircraft including the Airbus A380 was completed.