Etihad shifts operations to Terminal A in Abu Dhabi
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Etihad shifts operations to Terminal A in Abu Dhabi

Etihad shifts operations to Terminal A in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi International which houses the new terminal will be renamed to Zayed International airport from February 9

Etihad shifts operations to Terminal A in Abu Dhabi (Image: Supplied by Etihad)

On Tuesday, UAE’s national airline, Etihad Airways, operated the first commercial flight from Abu Dhabi International’s brand-new Terminal A.

EY224, an Airbus A350-1000, departed Terminal A with 359 guests onboard at 2.35pm bound for New Delhi.

All guests on that flight, including those in economy, were invited to be the inaugural guests at the new flagship Etihad Lounges which span three floors at Terminal A. Etihad’s new airport lounges feature a rooftop cocktail bar, a number of relaxation spaces, a games room and a family room. The Lounge also offers direct boarding access for three aircraft.

Etihad will transition flights to Terminal A in a phased approach from November 9. Between November 9-14, it will operate from both Terminal A and Terminal 3, and from 11am on November 14 Etihad is set to operate all flights from Terminal A.

Terminal A will be able to handle up to 45 million passengers annually and connect Abu Dhabi to 117 global destinations.

As Etihad’s new home terminal, it has dedicated check-in desks for Etihad’s economy guests, as well as exclusive areas to fast-track passengers travelling in business and first.

Etihad added that additional biometric self-bag drop facilities are available for all guests too. Those flying in Etihad’s premium cabins can avail of the kerbside drop off facility outside of the first and business class exclusive check-in area, where porters are on hand to assist with luggage.

Abu Dhabi International to be renamed

In a significant development, also on Tuesday, UAE’s President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan issued directives to rename Abu Dhabi International Airport. The new official name, Zayed International Airport, will take effect from February 9, 2024.

Commenting on Etihad’s shift to Terminal A, Antonoaldo Neves, chief executive officer of Etihad, said, “The terminal is a stunning piece of architecture that echoes the local landscape and warmly welcomes our guests and elevates their travel experience. As we begin our transition to our new home, we look forward to welcoming even more passengers as we continue to grow and expand our fleet and network.”

Elena Sorlini, managing director and interim CEO at Abu Dhabi Airports, added, “This is a historic moment for Abu Dhabi International Airport, our partners at Etihad Airways, and the emirate as whole. The first flight from Terminal A marks a major milestone in the journey of Abu Dhabi’s aviation sector. Terminal A brings a significant increase to capacity, and delivers state-of-the-art facilities to both airlines and passengers. We look forward to welcoming more passengers throughout November as we continue to increase the number of flights departing and arriving at Terminal A.”

From November 14 , a total of 28 airlines will operate from Terminal A including the likes of Air Arabia Abu Dhabi and Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, among others.

Read: Abu Dhabi International Airport to be renamed as Zayed International Airport

This article originally appeared on Business Traveller Middle East

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