Full-scale trials conducted at Abu Dhabi’s Midfield Terminal Complex

The Operational Readiness and Airport Transfer (ORAT) trials involved 800 volunteers and two Etihad Aviation Group aircraft

Midfield Terminal Complex's distinctive architectural profile will soon be synonymous with the city of Abu Dhabi
Midfield Terminal Complex's distinctive architectural profile will soon be synonymous with the city of Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Airports has conducted an intermediate full operational trial of the Midfield Terminal Complex (MTC), as a part of the continuing development of the terminal complex, and the ongoing Operational Readiness and Airport Transfer (ORAT) process.

The trials, which were designed to thoroughly test the new building’s capacity and facilities, involved more than 800 volunteers, and two Etihad Aviation Group aircraft, taking part in simulating the operation of the terminal on Sunday June 30.

Through a variety of scenarios, the trial teams and volunteers simulated passengers arriving at the terminal, transiting through the terminal, boarding the aircraft, disembarking the aircraft, passing through customs and immigration, utilising concierge services, and departing from the terminal.

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Abu Dhabi Airports CEO Bryan Thompson commented: “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. We are committed to ensuring the highest levels of operational excellence as we continue our journey toward becoming the world’s leading airports group.”

Thompson continued: “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. I extend my thanks to all the strategic stakeholders and partners who have taken part in these trials, including Etihad Aviation Group, various entities of the Abu Dhabi government, and the Abu Dhabi Police, who have contributed significantly to the development and testing of this monumental endeavor. I also wish to warmly extend my gratitude to the volunteers who participated in this trial, whose feedback and experience will be invaluable to the future operation of the MTC.”

With the Midfield terminal building designed to be able to handle more than 8,500 people per hour, conducting operational tests ahead of the terminal’s operation is of paramount importance. The terminal, which will be one of the region’s largest, is designed to handle tens of millions of passengers a year, with a baggage handling system that can process almost half a million bags a day.

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