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Abu Dhabi to get another airport by 2009

Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi's new airport will become operational in 2009 as part of a plan to handle increasing air traffic, an official said.

“The Abu Dhabi International Airport’s expansion is taking place in two phases. In the first phase, a new terminal is being built and will be ready by August 2005.

“In the second phase, a totally new airport will be built [and] become operational in 2009,” said Dr Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saif Al Nahyan, chairman of Abu Dhabi Civil Aviation.

“The new airport will [be located] around the same area as the existing airport. The second phase is still [being] planned,” Dr Shaikh Ahmad said, speaking aboard a refurbished Gulf Air A330 yesterday.

The investment outlay in the new airport was not disclosed.

The first of six A330s being refurbished for Gulf Air was unveiled yesterday. It entered service on the Abu Dhabi-London route.

The other five will be upgraded by July as part of a $10 million (Dh36.7 million) programme.

Earlier, Dr Shaikh Ahmad and senior officials representing the Civil Aviation Department and Gulf Air inspected the new-look aircraft.

The refurbishment programme is a “journey of change”, said James Hogan, president and chief executive of Gulf Air. After the refurbishment of all six A330s, the airline will begin the same procedure for six A320s and five A340s, Hogan said.

“The second phase of the refurbishment of the A320s and A340s will start later this year, with investments of over $10 million [Dh36.7 million]. The new premium cabins will create a five-star ‘hotel’ in the sky, re-creating the golden age of travel that Gulf Air was renowned for two decades ago,” Hogan said.

“This will also improve the yield and attract more passengers,” he said.

After attaining an average passenger load factor of 72 per cent last year, passenger growth remained strong in the first two months of 2005. The airline continues to reel from the impact of high fuel prices, however.

“Fuel prices are putting us under huge pressure. Fuel prices [represent] a wild card,” Hogan said, indicating that plans to expand the network to new destinations depend on fuel prices.

The airline has no plans to resume flights to Col-ombo and Casablanca in the short-term.

Full year financial results of Gulf Air for 2004 are about to be announced, Hogan said.
 

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New Abu Dhabi airport seen ready by year ’09

29 March 2005

ABU DHABI — The engineers are working on planning and designing a new multi-billion-dollar international airport in the capital to be ready by year 2009, to cater the growing passenger traffic needs riding on economic boom and increase in the arrivals of tourists, said Chairman of Department of Civil Aviation Abu Dhabi, Dr. Shaikh Ahmed bin Saif Al Nahyan.

Speaking to reporters onboard Gulf Air's refurbished aircraft at the Abu Dhabi International Airport yesterday, he said: "I have no more information to share with you on the new airport project which is at the drawing board stage."

Speaking on the second terminal which is being constructed near the existing airport, he said that it would cost Dh300 million and by the end-August this fast-track would be opened up for passenger traffic as the existing airport was not adequate to handle the rising number of passengers. Earlier, Dr Shaikh Ahmed bin Saif Al Nahyan inspected the newly refurbished aircraft and showed keen interest in the newly designed cabins.

Meanwhile, speaking to reporters, after the launch of the Gulf Air aircraft, which was refurbished by the Gulf Aircraft Maintenance Company (GEMCO), James Hogan, Gulf Air CEO said that he wanted to make the product as one of the best in the industry so as to target high-revenue passengers. A two-phased comprehensive refurbishing programme has been launched under which new seating, and furnishing were being done. "This is the first of six A-330 aircraft which has been refurbished while five other would be refitted by June this year," he said. In the next phase five A340s aircraft would undergo refurbishment of the same nature by the year-end. While eleven A320 aircraft have already got a comprehensive refitting of the first and business class.

"With the already popular 'restaurant in the sky' the new refitting has added extra luxury to the airline service for high yield passengers," he said.

He said that the skyrocketing fuel prices have put Gulf Air financial figures under severe pressure as of other airlines, eating away with the profits. He did not disclose the extra sums the airline spent on purchasing the fuel.

He said that the airline, which has a load factor of 72 per cent, had planned to achieve break-even by the end of year 2004 and going into profit by the end 2005. He asked the reporters to wait for two weeks for the release of financial figures for the year 2004.

Hogan said that the first quarter of the year was good for the airline as more people travelled on it.
 

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The expansion that will be ready in August 2005 is actually a renovation of the Cargo area that will see passengers bused from gate 3 to it and vice versa. We will have to wait and see the new airport and how it blends into the current one.
 

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Abu Dhabi plans to build a new airport after 2008


Abu Dhabi is picking up speed on new projects, which are hoped to bring about a new round of construction activity in the UAE’s largest emirate.

The latest in a raft of new projects is the plan to build a new airport after 2008, and to go into overdrive on setting up new tourism zones.

Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah, two of the UAE’s seven emirates, have already identified tourism as a key driver of growth, and have set aside billions of dollars for the construction of facilities and services that include airport expansions and projects such as Dubailand, Mangrove Island and Al Hamra expansion projects. By 2008, around 37 new four- and five-star hotels are confirmed for construction in the UAE.

Abu Dhabi is fast catching up and has just announced a multibillion-dollar ‘gateway city’ to Abu Dhabi along the Al Raha beach. It will be a tourism-oriented development.
To cater for the increase in traffic flow at Abu Dhabi’s airport, the emirate is constructing a second terminal at the existing airport to help reduce the pressures on facilities until its new airport is built.

The second terminal will be operational by August 2005; by 2008 it will have the capacity to handle 8 million passengers annually, after which a new airport will be built, according to a top Abu Dhabi official.

“A second terminal is being constructed just 700 m from Terminal 1 as an interim solution until a new airport is built,” explained Dr Sheikh Ahmad bin Saif Al Nahyan, the chairman of Abu Dhabi’s Department of Civil Aviation.

“Terminal 2 is being built as a fast-track project to be ready by August this year. It will have two separate buildings, one for arrivals and one for departures,” he said, but did not reveal the investment outlay.

Terminal 2 will be connected to Terminal 1 with service transport for quick transfers and transit at both terminals.

“The new terminal will provide all services and will serve a host of airlines. There are infrastructure modifications being undertaken to ease the flow of traffic. At Terminal 1, we are looking at a host of re-modifications and re-distribution of services,” continued Sheikh Ahmad, adding that details will be unveiled shortly.

To accommodate more aircraft, the airport is building nine new aircraft stands away from the terminal. “We are expecting high growth in traffic and Etihad Airways is also expanding fast. Therefore, this programme is fast-tracked with approval from the higher authorities,” Wam quoted Sheikh Ahmad as saying. The airport handled 5.4 million passengers in 2004, 22% more than the previous year. Prospects for similar growth figures are projected for 2006 and the coming years.

The Abu Dhabi Duty Free has already signed up 1250 m2 of space at the second terminal, said Mohammad Mounib, ADDF general manager. ADDF earned revenues of US $93 million in 2004, up 12% over 2003.

Meanwhile, Wam quoted reports that Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority has plans to create tourism zones in the emirate, where hospitality, tourism, entertainment and leisure facilities will be built together with real estate options.

“Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority will act as the catalyst in driving and co-ordinating the growth and development of the emirate’s tourism infrastructure, facilities and services,” according to Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, the ADTA chairman.

“Tourism zones will be set up and many additional hotels and leisure facilities will be created. Some of these projects will be announced shortly,” he said.

He added that the authority also plans to develop Abu Dhabi’s many islands as tourism spots “We will utilise the natural assets of Abu Dhabi, such as islands, but the private sector will be encouraged to invest with whom we plan to work closely,” he said.

Sheikh Tahnoon said that the authority’s focus will be on tourism promotion, development and regulation. “We will work with hotels, airlines, destination management companies and other travel-related organisations in Abu Dhabi to promote the emirate and raise its international profile as an upmarket destination.”

In parallel with its promotional activity, the authority will drive development in the emirate as part of the diversification plans.

“Building the tourism infrastructure is our goal here, along with provision of other facilities for tourists”, he said, adding that the regulation and classification of Abu Dhabi’s tourism sector is a third area of focus.

Mubarak Al Muhairi, the authority’s director general, said plans are underway to add another 20 000 hotel rooms over the next 10 years to the present 7500 rooms in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.
 

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yea i heard about that airport in ajman, should be interesting (every 50 km in the UAE there would be an airport and a sea port ) thats pushing it
 

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Renovation of Pier A in progress (Nov04)

They were fitting the Glass Aerobridges at that time. Just went there yesterday night and work seems to be complete.
I wonder why it took such a long time, work on the other four holding areas were completed pretty quick.
Also they are digging up the elevated road in front of the terminal for god knows what, its a holy mess out there :bash: (typical Abu Dhabi style)
 

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If they are planning to finish the second terminal by august there must be some signs of construction at the moment, maybe i can spot the site when i come in a few days.
Heres a pic i took a few days back

My aircraft got the remote stand :)
Apparently photos of the tarmac is not allowed at Abu Dhabi, i asked the gate operater and he said it was a no-no. Oops, already took some pics by then.
 

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I have seen the render for the terminal, it was in a newspaper.

The cars on it were VW, a red Golf, a silver Passat and a dark blue Phaeton. :D
 
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