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Old October 6th, 2015, 03:37 PM   #121
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begining of 2013, it's such an awesome (and challenging) project to work on but great to it really taking shape now
Beeston, the new terminal alone is designed for around 30m Passengers a year am I correct??

The existing terminal(s) handle 25m passengers a year but are overcrowded at that. They could probably handle 15m comfortably though.
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Old October 6th, 2015, 09:54 PM   #122
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Beeston, the new terminal alone is designed for around 30m Passengers a year am I correct??

The existing terminal(s) handle 25m passengers a year but are overcrowded at that. They could probably handle 15m comfortably though.
The terminals were built to have a capacity of 12.5m although its been expanded a bit and they are trying there best to use their current facilities. I think its 17.5m now after T1 segregation project was completed. Its still terribly overcrowded during the peak hours though.

By the time the midfield terminal opens, AUH will probably be handling around 25-30m.
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Old October 7th, 2015, 12:42 AM   #123
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But by the time Midfield opens it will be full...Etihad alone carry 15m pax a year and are growing at 20% per annum...mind you Dubai will be maxed out around then too.

AUH overall will be at 30m and the current terminals can handle maybe 15m comfortably. Adding 17.5m will be almost pointless. Needs another 10m already.
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Old October 7th, 2015, 08:07 AM   #124
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But by the time Midfield opens it will be full...Etihad alone carry 15m pax a year and are growing at 20% per annum...mind you Dubai will be maxed out around then too.

AUH overall will be at 30m and the current terminals can handle maybe 15m comfortably. Adding 17.5m will be almost pointless. Needs another 10m already.
Actually, EY carried 14.8m last year. They should be hitting 18m by the time they midfield terminal opens.

I'm actually not sure what the capacity of the midfield terminal is. But it should increase the airport's capacity to 40m+ so that should be big enough for a few years.
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Old October 7th, 2015, 08:35 AM   #125
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But by the time Midfield opens it will be full...Etihad alone carry 15m pax a year and are growing at 20% per annum...mind you Dubai will be maxed out around then too.

AUH overall will be at 30m and the current terminals can handle maybe 15m comfortably. Adding 17.5m will be almost pointless. Needs another 10m already.
Yep true. That's why they have looked at options of either a satellite terminal or standalone terminal in the East Midfield area. The APM tunnel they are constructing now is for safeguarding for either option... You can see the progress on the APM in this video although it's a couple of months out of date. Also google earth imagery is only a couple of months out of date but gives you an idea of the space on the east side that could accommodate an additional MTB if needs be...

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Old October 7th, 2015, 10:16 AM   #126
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The only airport of the big three not heading for terminal capacity end 2017 is Doha.

Taken together the big three which barely handled 30m pax in 2005 look like handling 130m pax in 2015 and beating the London airports this year or next for pax. The London airports first hit 30m pax around 1975 .....to put this in perspective.
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Old October 24th, 2015, 04:54 AM   #127
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Old October 27th, 2015, 03:43 AM   #128
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Beeston, the new terminal alone is designed for around 30m Passengers a year am I correct??

The existing terminal(s) handle 25m passengers a year but are overcrowded at that. They could probably handle 15m comfortably though.
Airports today are built with huge floorspace so capacity is never going to be a real problem in the terminal building, I estimate critical crowding would be hit at 90-100 million. For modern airports, even operating at 200% capacity you are never going to see the crowding that was common back in the 1980-1990s at the big international hubs. Beijing for example feels almost empty even though it is running above 100% capacity because the terminal is so huge.

Going through London, Paris or Frankfurt 20 years ago was like being in a cattle herd, impossible to find anywhere to sit, always overcrowded hallways and queuing for hours just to go though the security check.
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Old October 28th, 2015, 06:49 PM   #129
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It is still like that in most US airports, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas time...
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Old November 13th, 2015, 07:45 AM   #130
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Old December 20th, 2015, 01:42 PM   #131
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Old December 20th, 2015, 01:49 PM   #132
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Abu Dhabi's new airport to open in December 2016

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Abu Dhabi is pushing ahead with the construction of a new civilian airport to face a steady increase in air traffic and it will be launched on December 2 next year to mark UAE National Day, an official was quoted on Sunday as saying.

Ali Al Mansouri, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Airports Council, said 66 per cent of the project has been completed and total investments are estimated at Dh19 billion.

He told the semi-official daily Al Ittihad that the project involves terminals, tarmacs, and control towers, car parks and other facilities.

“Construction work will be completed in July….it will be run on trial basis before it is officially inaugurated on December 2, 2016,” he said.

“The airport will consist of a smart building to ensure smooth passenger and traffic movement…this will boost the airport’s handling capacity from 8,000 in the beginning to 12,000 a day…this means the airport’s capacity could reach later 50 million a year.”

He said a project to build a duty free zone at the airport has been awarded and the winning firm would be announced in January.
http://www.emirates247.com/news/emir...12-20-1.614579
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Old December 27th, 2015, 09:25 AM   #133
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this is insane looking airport! so how many gates in total including parking bay?
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Old December 27th, 2015, 11:18 AM   #134
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I took Air Serbia from Dubai to Zagreb a few days ago for the first time. We checked in our bags, and got our boarding passes at the Etihad bus terminal in Dubai/SZR which was very convenient. The bus ride was an hour, and fifteen minutes to Abu Dhabi airport.

My experience at the existing Abu Dhabi airport was very disappointing when compared to DXB. Passing through security felt like we were in a detention center, and not an airport. Once through it was very crowded, and narrow.

Our flight to Belgrade left on time. The aircraft was a little run down, but I know they are only temporary until Air Serbia receive their new NEO's directly from the airbus factory really soon. There was no in flight entertainment either. The positive side was that the crew were very friendly, and professional. The crew made up for everything, and it was great knowing we were flying with an airline we could relate to.

While in Belgrade an employee of Air Serbia told us there were two flights a day from Abu Dhabi to Belgrade. One with Etihad metal, and one with Air Serbia. They said the Etihad flight is always full, while the Air Serbia flight isn't.

Once in Belgrade our lay over was excellent because we basically have the same good organic food which was an added plus. Our flight to Zagreb was full on the ATR-72. It was also a little run down, but I'm sure they will be replacing them also in the future. Funny the Ljubljana flight that was to depart at the same time was next to ours, but it was practically empty compared to Zagreb.

When we arrived in Zagreb the taxi driver told us Air Serbia have two daily flights to Zagreb now which means they must be doing well.

All in all the experience was good, would I do it again the answer would be yes, but I'll wait until the new airport in Abu Dhabi is finished first.
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Old December 27th, 2015, 11:56 PM   #135
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Was the flight from Terminal 1 or Terminal 3?
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Was the flight from Terminal 1 or Terminal 3?
Both terminals are crowded and narrow.
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Old December 28th, 2015, 12:21 AM   #137
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So they will be giving the midlfield terminal a soft opening in July but it won't officially open until December.
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Old December 28th, 2015, 05:49 AM   #138
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Old December 28th, 2015, 06:14 PM   #139
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Both terminals are crowded and narrow.
yes, but one looks way older than the other!! Besides 1 always gave me the impression I was in an aquarium rather than being inside an airport!!
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Old December 29th, 2015, 12:56 PM   #140
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so nobody going to ask my question?
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