Tuesday 23 April 2019 (UAE)

Abu Dhabi Airport AUH

Abu Dhabi International Airport (IATA code AUH)

Tel +971-2-5757500 for flight enquiries to and from Abu Dhabi International Airport

Abu Dhabi International Airport (ADIA) - airport code AUH

Abu Dhabi International Airport (ADIA), first open in 1982, is one of the two international airports for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (the other one is in the city of Al Ain), is located about 30km from Abu Dhabi city center, and is the home of Etihad Airways, the Abu Dhabi carrier. With the opening of Terminal 3 in February 2009, total passenger capacity increased to 12 million per year. Since September 2006, ADIA has been managed and operated by the Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), a company incorporated in March 2006 and 100% owned by the Abu Dhabi Government. The IATA airport code for Abu Dhabi airport is AUH (not ABD or ADB - two common abbreviations for Abu Dhabi city). The acronym ADIA is also used for the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, a government sovereign wealth fund (SWF) that is supposedly the largest in the world, with several hundred billion dollars worth of assets.

Abu Dhabi Airport runways
Abu Dhabi Airport runway closure 2014
US Customs and Immigration pre-clearance checkpoint at Abu Dhabi Airport

US Customs Border Clearance Gate at AUH airport

Abu Dhabi Airport sleeping pods

Abu Dhabi Airport has installed 10 sleeping pods for transit passengers, available from 15 May 2013. ADAC has plans to install another 35 or 50, or a total of 50 pods at the airport. The sleeping box or pod consists of a seat which folds flat, pillows and blankets, power outlets to plug in laptops, phones, chargers, etc, and a sliding shutter or door to pull over and make you feel like you're living in a bread bin. It's not a hotel room, bedroom, or proper bed.

Abu Dhabi Airport awards
Abu Dhabi Airport expansion

Abu Dhabi airport expanded to 3 (or 4 if you count terminal 1A separately) terminals, and 2 runways in 2008/2009 as part of an expansion program costing AED 25 billion (US$ 7 billion). Further developments include a new air traffic control tower (ATC tower) and a Midfield Terminal Complex.

Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal
Abu Dhabi Airport Midfield Terminal metro link
Abu Dhabi Airport lounges

There are of course lounges for first and business class passengers. Additionally there is a lounge for economy class passengers with stopovers of more than 6 hours - the Yas Lounge at Terminal 1 which opened at the beginning of 2008 (January or February?).

Abu Dhabi City Terminal
Abu Dhabi Airport Terminal 3 (T3)
Abu Dhabi Airport Terminal 2 (T2)
Abu Dhabi Airport Terminal 1 & 1A (T1, T1A)
Abu Dhabi Airport growth
Year Passengers Change Flights Change Cargo Change
2011 12.4 million +13.9%     481,500 +10%
2010 10.9 million       437,700  
2009 9.672 million +7.3% 102,118 +9.6% 378,746 +7.0%
2008 9.017 million   93,163   353,820  
2007 6.926 million +31% 86,767 +15% 315,317 22%
2006 4.8 million   75,437   257,622  
Airlines with flights to and from Abu Dhabi International Airport

More airlines still to be added.

Cargo flights and airlines

New flights to Abu Dhabi International Airport
Abu Dhabi Airport facts and figures
Shops and banks at Abu Dhabi International Airport
Abu Dhabi Duty Free

Abu Dhabi Duty Free (ADDF) first opened in 1984 with a handful of shops and has expanded substantially since then (as you'd expect). Today, ADDF operates 24 hours and has shops in all three (or four) airport terminals (T1, T1A, T2, and T3 from April 2009).

Each terminal also has a small duty free in the arrivals section where you can top up your Abu Dhabi duty free allowance.

Ghweifat Duty Free

Ghweifat Duty Free is a duty free shop at the land border between Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia, operated by Abu Dhabi Duty Free. Don't expect quite the same extensive selection of caviar or Cuban cigars but it does have a range of perfume, electronics, toys etc. You can also buy ADDF raffle tickets and/or a cuppa tea and a sandwich.

Contact details

Abu Dhabi International Airport
Abu Dhabi Airports Company
Abu Dhabi Duty Free
List of Abu Dhabi Airport plane crashes and incidents - history and timeline (not complete)
Last update Saturday 07-Mar-2015
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