Abu Dhabi Airport to be renamed Zayed International Airport

The hub's new terminal will open on Wednesday

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Abu Dhabi International Airport is to be renamed as Zayed International Airport.

The new name will come into effect from February 9, 2024, the Abu Dhabi Media Office said on Tuesday.

President Sheikh Mohamed ordered the change, which comes before the airport's new Terminal A starts operations on Wednesday.

Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, toured the new terminal on Tuesday.

He said the key project was a significant step forward for the emirate's economic and sustainable development, the Abu Dhabi Media Office said.

Sheikh Khaled underlined the importance of continued investment to further strengthen the tourism and aviation sectors.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad, Adviser for Special Affairs at the Presidential Court and chairman of the board of directors of Abu Dhabi Airports, said the mega project would act as a “major gateway” to boost the emirate's position on the global stage.

Three times the size of the old terminal, and with flights to 117 destinations globally, Terminal A will increase the frequency and reach of flights to and from Abu Dhabi, airport officials have said.

Once it opens, it will be able to handle up to 45 million passengers a year.

Airlines will be shifting their operations in phases before starting flights next month.

Airlines will move to the new Terminal A building in three stages over a two-week period from November 1 to November 14, after Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways operates a ceremonial flight on October 31, the emirate's airport operator said this month.

From November 1, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi and 15 other international airlines are scheduled to fly from the new terminal.

Etihad Airways will operate 16 flights from the terminal from November 9 while 28 other airlines will operate from the terminal from November 14.

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Updated: October 31, 2023, 1:41 PM