The launch of a new terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport is set to more than triple passenger capacity by the end of 2017, Bloomberg reported.
The Midfield Terminal, expected to open in late 2017, will be able to handle 40 million passengers a year, the news outlet said. Abu Dhabi airport handled about 14 million passengers in 2012.
Tony Douglas, the airport’s chief executive, said he was confident there would be sufficient demand from passengers.
“Am I concerned that when we open this we’ll see tumbleweed blowing along the runways, empty departure halls and an aircraft control tower with everyone reading the newspaper? No, no and no,” he told Bloomberg. "We can’t get it open a minute soon enough,” he added.
The airport witnessed a 12.6 percent growth in traffic during the first half of 2013, according to the Abu Dhabi Airport Company (ADAC).
Abu Dhabi International Airport is undergoing enhancements and expansions to accommodate the expected future rise in traffic.
The arrivals hall will be relocated in August as part of the plan to boost capacity, according to a statement on ADAC’s website.