Abu Dhabi Airports conducts readiness trials for Terminal A opening

Abu Dhabi Airports is undergoing the largest live trial and testing exercise to date as part of the ongoing operational readiness trials for the new Terminal A.

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Ahead of its opening in November, more than 6,000 volunteers were selected from the community in Abu Dhabi to take part in the trials.

They action involves simulations that are designed to stress-test the equipment, staff and procedures, in key operating areas of the terminal.

The systems and processes that are being tested include check-in and baggage, security screening, boarding gates, immigration and customs.

At immigration, volunteers are testing the speed and accuracy of the document and customs inspections.


At boarding and departure, the tests include scanning the boarding passes of volunteers and assessing the procedure preparedness to communicate changes regarding flight information.

Elena Sorlini, managing director and Interim CEO at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “Our commitment to excellence has driven our journey to prepare for Terminal A’s opening, as we are focused on conducting extensive large-scale assessments to ensure the speed, efficiency and delivery of operations. I would like to thank the volunteers who have participated in these trials for their unwavering support as we gear up to welcome passengers to Terminal A in November.”

For the duration of September and October, Abu Dhabi Airports will continue to embark on large-scale testing exercises of Terminal A’s facilities and are welcoming participation from volunteers.

Covering 742,000 square metres of built-up area, Terminal A is among the largest airport terminals in the world and will significantly increase Abu Dhabi International Airport’s passenger and cargo capacity contributing to the acceleration of the emirate’s economic growth.

With the capability to handle 45 million passenger capacity per year, and process 11,000 passengers per hour, the terminal aims to provide the foundation of Abu Dhabi’s tourism sector expansion.