Adac, Etihad conduct tests at Abu Dhabi's Midfield Terminal Complex

Full-scale operational trials conducted at airport hub with two Etihad Airbus aircraft used for wide-ranging readiness tests

Midfield Terminal Building, Abu Dhabi.
Midfield Terminal Building, Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi Airports Co (Adac) has conducted an intermediate full operational trial of the Midfield Terminal Complex (MTC), with progress also made on the facility's operational readiness and airport transfer (Orat) process, some of which saw trials conducted with two Etihad Aviation Group aircraft on 30 June, 2019. 

Between 9:30am and 3:00pm, 800 volunteers acted as passengers using the terminal building, while Etihad's Airbus A330-200 and A330-300 aircradt simulated the process of performing a full 80-minute turnaround on the aircraft, including the loading of catering, refueling the planes, and conducting checks on the aircraft ahead of take-off.

Trial teams and volunteers simulated passengers arriving at and transiting through the terminal, boarding and disembarking the aircraft, passing through customs and immigration, using concierge services, and departing from the terminal.

Commenting on the process, Bryan Thompson, chief executive officer of Adac, said: “The MTC is a magnificent piece of engineering, and its distinctive architectural profile will soon be synonymous with the incredible city of Abu Dhabi, a key destination and transport hub for the region and the world.

“Trials are an important step in the delivery of the MTC project, as we safely and securely assess the terminal’s operational capacities and processes.

"Through conducting trials of this scale and fully assessing the results therein, we will be able to make sure that passengers enjoy an efficient and smooth journey through the MTC from the very first day of operation.”

Thompson thanked the strategic stakeholders and partners involved with the Orat process and other trials, including Etihad Aviation Group, Abu Dhabi Police, and various entities from the Abu Dhabi government. 

The Midfield Terminal Building is designed to handle more than 8,500 people per hour.

In a statement, Adac said it was conducting operational tests "ahead of the terminal’s operation", which it added was "of paramount importance".  

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