Abu Dhabi International Airport has started the operations of several facilities at its Terminal 1 to enhance the overall experience and operational efficiency.
These expansions are a part of the airport's ongoing capacity enhancement programme (CEP), which aims at handling the growing passenger numbers and has come before the Midfield Terminal opens in 2017.
The terminal now features new 350m-long walkways that directly link the passenger arrival gates to the immigration halls and transfer screening facilities.
Nine new Code E aircraft stands accommodate the increasing number of large and wide-bodied aircraft, while 16 new X-ray screening machines that have the capacity to process 2,000 transfer passengers an hour have also been installed.
The changes will enable passengers arriving at Terminal 1 to proceed directly to Terminal 3 without additional screening, which will further help in improving passenger movement.
With these upgrades, passengers will have more space to move about and will spend less time in queues.
The airport access is also being enhanced with a new road network that will allow vehicles departing from arrivals, departures and the car parks to go straight to roads leading to central Abu Dhabi, Dubai and local areas such Al Raha, Yas Island and Khalifa City.
The work is expected to be completed within the next month.
Speaking about the new facilities, chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports Ali Majed Al Mansoori said: "Starting today, passengers will find the whole experience of moving around Terminal 1 simpler, easier and more enjoyable. This upgrade to our facilities is part of a continuing programme aimed at delivering the best possible passenger experience, using the most advanced and most innovative means at our disposal.
"We are firm in our intention to become a leading global air transportation hub and in order to do so, we need to ensure that all parts of a passenger's journey into and out of terminal buildings, aircraft stands, and runways at Abu Dhabi International Airport is as easy and as comfortable as possible and to increase both processing speed, and passenger and aircraft flow."
Image: The airport expansion will help in easing congestion. Photo: courtesy of Abu Dhabi Airports.