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Abu Dhabi International Airport

Abu Dhabi International Airport Expansion, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Abu Dhabi International Airport Expansion
Abu Dhabi, UAE

Expansion Management

Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) is one of the fastest growing airports in the world. To accommodate its increasing volume of passengers, in 2005 the airport embarked on an ambitious program that will increase capacity to 27 million annual passengers by 2017 and to 40 million by 2030.

As program manager for the airport's expansion, Parsons works collaboratively with, and as an extension of, Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) staff to deliver this world-class program. Our role includes the following responsibilities:

  • Program management
  • Design management
  • Budget management and cost control
  • Schedule management
  • Value engineering
  • Quality assurance
  • Operational planning
  • Constructability reviews
  • Safety and security management
  • Contract administration
  • Claims assessment
  • Contract closeout and warranty support
  • Facility startup and turnover

The expansion program was structured to quickly deliver improvements that meet immediate needs while preparing for anticipated growth:

Initial Projects

  • 4.1-km Category III (CAT III) all-weather runway capable of handling Airbus A380s, with capacity of 75 to 80 takeoffs and landings per hour (opened in 2008)
  • Terminal 3, with capacity for 3.5 million passengers annually—planned, designed, and constructed in just six months (opened in 2009)
  • Air traffic control tower (opened in 2011)
  • Terminal 1 major renovation (completed in 2011)

Ongoing Projects

  • Surface and enclosed parking facilities
  • State-of-the-art security systems
  • Air cargo facilities
  • In-flight catering facilities
  • Ground equipment servicing facilities
  • Airport command and control center
  • Two new fire stations

Long-Range Projects

  • Midfield Terminal Building (MTB), a new 56-gate, 700,000-m² passenger terminal
  • Commercial, retail, and office complex
  • In-transit and landside hotels
  • Landside roads and light rail connection

The MTB was designed to maximize aircraft parking capacity and minimize walking distances for passengers

Midfield Terminal Building

The new MTB, named for its placement between two runways, is the centerpiece of AUH’s expansion program. Designed for both efficient operations and a seamless passenger experience, the terminal will have 204 check-in stations, 18 security screening lanes, and 10 baggage claim devices. Eight of its 56 gates will accommodate the supersized Airbus A380, and the MTB will increase capacity by 30 million annual passengers. Construction of the MTB will begin in the third quarter of 2012.

Parsons and ADAC consider sustainability at every stage of the expansion, and the program is on track to achieve an Estidama two-pearl rating. As program and construction manager, Parsons works closely with ADAC to prepare environmental and sustainability requirements for the expansion. We also support ADAC’s sustainability consultant in developing sustainability guidelines for all five airports operated by ADAC.

In 2010, AUH was named World’s Most Improved Airport by Skytrax based on the votes of more than 1.8 million travelers from 100 countries, and in 2012 it was certified as the first four-star airport in the Middle East and named the “Best Airport in the Middle East.” As ADAC develops a prestigious airport praised for its high-quality environment, sustainability, passenger safety, security, and comfort, Parsons supplies world-class program management and technical resources that bring it to life.

In addition to the Abu Dhabi International Airport expansion, Parsons is working on 100 active projects across the Gulf Cooperation Council, including airport infrastructure projects in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Oman.