Abu Dhabi Airports Co starts on $450mn of new work

New tunnels, people mover and hard stands to boost capacity of MTB.
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By Michael Fahy

Abu Dhabi Airports Co has gained approval for three projects linked to the new Midfield Terminal Building worth around $450mn.

The company said that the projects will include nine extra hard stands for aircraft capable of housing new A380 Airbus planes, a new Automated Passenger Mobility system (APM) and a new airside road tunnel underneath the southern runway.

The airport company said the additional work was needed to increase capacity since the state-owned airline, Etihad Airways, is growing much more quickly now than anticipated in 2011, according to Emirates News Agency, WAM.

Construction of the hard stands is already underway, and they will start being placed into action in the fourth quarter of the year. The APM system will link the new Midfield Terminal Building to future satellite buildings, but was being built now during its construction to avoid future disruptions.

The southern terminal will connect the MTB to existing terminals and will begin immediately. It will be over 720m long, and up to 46m wide.

Abu Dhabi Airports Company chairman Ali Majed Al Mansouri said: "Our initiatives and projects are set to deliver highly efficient, world-class infrastructure, that caters to the growth of the aviation sector in the region, and will be a proud national landmark for generations to come."

The $3bn Midfield Terminal Building is being built by a joint venture partnership between Arabtec, CCC and TAV. It will be completed by July 2017.

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