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Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) is preparing for the grand opening of its new Terminal 1, previously known as the Midfield Terminal, on 1 November 2023, according to Wego. This landmark development is expected to boost the emirate’s status as a global aviation hub and significantly increase passenger capacity. A ceremonial flight by Etihad Airways on 31 October will mark the start of the much-awaited transition to Terminal 1, which will take place in three phases from 1 to 14 November.

The new terminal will welcome Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, IndiGo, Air India Express, Aeroflot, Vistara, Syrian Airlines, Badr Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, Sun Express, Airblue, Pakistan International Airlines, Cham Wings Airlines, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Air India, Smartwings, and Pobeda to begin their operations from 1 November. On 9 November, Etihad Airways will commence its services with 16 daily flights. The transition will be completed by 14 November, with Etihad Airways, Air Arabia Abu Dhabi, and several other airlines moving to Terminal 1. By then, all 28 airlines will be fully operational from the new facility.

This expansion aims to maintain Abu Dhabi’s reputation as a top business and tourist destination worldwide. With this redevelopment, the airport’s annual passenger traffic will double to 45 million passengers, and the terminal size will triple to 742,000 square meters. Moreover, it will also provide access to 117 global destinations, cementing the airport’s status as one of the world’s largest terminals.

This strategic development aligns with Abu Dhabi’s broader vision to diversify its economy, gradually reducing its dependence on oil. Terminal 1 will be a significant step towards attracting more businesses and tourists, making the emirate a destination for years to come.

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