Abu Dhabi Airport
Second only to Dubai International, Abu Dhabi International Airport (AHU) is one of the biggest and busiest airports in the United Arab Emirates. Serving roughly 11 million passengers each year, the airport handles flights from all over the world, including major destinations in Europe, Africa, North America and Asia, and is currently building extensions to be able to handle up to 20 million people per year by 2016.
Located 20 miles (32km) from Abu Dhabi's city centre, Abu Dhabi International Airport has three terminals; Terminals 1 and 2 handle most of the international traffic, while the third is a luxurious terminal dedicated to passengers on Etihad Airways. While the airport can be chaotic, especially at peak times, it has modern facilities including shops, restaurants and services designed for an efficient introduction to the UAE.
The airport is 20 miles (32km) east of Abu Dhabi.
Getting to the city
Taxis are readily available (rates are fixed for trips to the city centre) while bus 901 goes to the city and stops outside Arrivals at terminal 1 and 2. It operates on an hourly basis, 24-hours a day and a single ticket costs 3 dirhams. Limousine taxis are located outside the Arrival halls of Terminals 1 and 2. Two major companies operate from the airport, namely Fast and National Taxi companies. CityHoppa runs shuttle vans and private cars from the airport to Abu Dhabi city centre.
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Car rental companies represented at the airport include Thrifty, Avis, Budget and Europcar.
Al Ghazal Taxis are readily available outside the arrivals hall and rates are fixed for trips to the city centre, costing around 70 dirhams. The journey from the airport to Abu Dhabi takes approximately 30 to 35 minutes.
Transfer between terminals
Abu Dhabi Airport has a city terminal where passengers can check in up to 12 hours before a flight, and then be shuttled to the actual airport. The 3 terminals at the airport are within walking distance of each other.
The City Terminal offers a business centre with Internet access; showers; ATMs; a duty free shop; restaurants and a VIP lounge. First class and business class passengers can use the terminal for free; economy class passenger fees range from 25 to 70 dirhams. Facilities at the airport itself include duty free shops, a meet and assist service, a VIP lounge, pharmacy, medical service, ATMs, bureaux de change, restaurants and cafés, a business centre and post office. Facilities for the disabled are good.
There are many parking options at Abu Dhabi International Airport: short-term parking is conveniently located near the terminal and costs AED 10 per hour, daily parking is available for rates ranging from AED 800 for four days to AED 1,190 for a week, and long-term parking is charged at AED 120 per day (the long-term lot is serviced by free shuttles to the terminals.
Flights to Abu Dhabi International Airport are available on a number of airlines, including Air France, British Airways, Etihad, Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa, Air India, Cathay Pacific, EgyptAir, Jet Airways, KLM, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Turkish Airlines and Virgin Australia.
Abu Dhabi International Airport has free wifi acces throughout the terminal.
There is a business centre in the Airport Hotel adjacent to the terminal that offers phones, fax machines and internet services. Hotel guests can use the centre for free, and anyone else can access it for a basic fee of AED 15 for 30 minutes.
Abu Dhabi Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.