Diversions for travellers in and out of Abu Dhabi International Airport

Motorists heading to or leaving Abu Dhabi International Airport will be diverted for two months, Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) announced today.

There are new arrangements for dropping off or picking up from Abu Dhabi International Airport. Silvia Razgova / The National
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ABU DHABI // Entry and exit roads serving Abu Dhabi international airport will be diverted from April 7 to June 6, the Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) announced today (March 31).

Alternative routes to the terminals will be open and entry to both terminals for all drop-offs, and arriving and departing travellers, will be temporarily moved to the lower levels.

All passengers and visitors coming to the airport to drop off or pick up passengers are being asked to take routes directed near the airport, and to park in the airport's car parks, and then proceed to the lower level gates for terminals 1 and 3.

ADAC will offer all visitors free parking for the first hour at all of its car park facilities throughout the duration of this diversion. All visitors are advised to check the new alternative routes to and from the airport towards Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Yas Island.

This temporary road closure, and the route diversion leading to Abu Dhabi International Airport, aims to facilitate the completion of the new travellers' tunnel that will connect the departure terminal to the arrivals' hall, which is currently under construction.It will enable travelers to access parking, taxis and limousines just 20 metres from the customs lounge, minimising significantly the distance from the current 140 metres.

The construction of this tunnel and the expansion of the arrivals lounge will enable ADAC to progress in its development works towards developing the airport's infrastructure and expanding its capacity, further accommodating the increasing number of passengers.

The capacity enhancement plan will also include the expansion of the baggage handling system, the creation of 20 new departure gates, a new business lounge, and a new gateway for the A380. In addition, the northern runway will be updated and nine new aircraft parking spaces will be created.