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  1. Stunning! Are these recent photos?

  2. It is literally an abandoned terminal right now, with no contractor on location!

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  4. "(...) if ever, the terminal will open" is nonsense.

    Of course it will open. It is common sense not to open it during a pandemic. And Etihad won't be the only carrier using it, both budget carriers Air Arabia and Wizz Air now have Abu Dhabi-based subsidiaries, with plenty of destinations:

    Come 2023 and Abu Dhabi's Midfield Terminal will be the epicenter of internationel travel!

  5. 5th July 2021:

    Abu Dhabi, the oil-rich emirate in the Persian Gulf, has reportedly cancelled a near $3 billion contract for a long-delayed new airport terminal that was due to be dominated by Etihad Airways. Sources who spoke on condition of anonymity to Reuters claim the government-owned airport operator cancelled the contract because of major cost overruns.

    The massive 742,000 square metre Midfield Terminal was set to originally open in 2017 but the project has been plagued with delays and there’s no news on when the airport might finally open.

    In late 2019, it was claimed construction on the building was 97.6 per cent complete but officials pushed back the opening to an unspecified date in mid-2020. The pandemic has since slowed down the project even further and the Abu Dhabi airport company hasn’t provided an update on the project in over a year.

    The building was designed to support the growth of Etihad Airways with the ability to handle as many as 84 million passengers per year. In reality, Etihad Airways is fast shrinking to become a boutique carrier and the Midfield Terminal is unlikely to ever handle nearly as many passengers as it was designed for.

    The terminal is also meant to house 30,000 square metres of premium lounges and 28,000 square metres of Duty Free shops. The baggage handling system can handle around 500,000 bags per day and the 65 aircraft gates include eight specially adapted to handle the Airbus A380 – the double-deck aircraft that Etihad will unlikely ever fly again.

    In mid-2019, the airport terminal was put through its paces with its first ground handling exercise involving 800 volunteers who simulated passengers arriving and departing from the airport. It’s not known whether the airport has conducted any further trials since.

    The consortium involved in the construction project has declined to comment on the rumours and it remains unclear when, if ever, the terminal will open.

  6. It was supposed to open back in 2017.

    That's long before Covid. What exactly happened there? Another Berlin-style airport debacle?

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