Eager to shed light on its role within the regional aviation sector, Abu Dhabi Airports is currently participating at the very first edition of the Saudi International Air Show, which kicked off yesterday (March 12) and is concluding on March 14.
During the airshow, taking place at Thumamah Airport in Riyadh, Abu Dhabi Airports will be participating as part of the UAE pavilion and will be promoting the approaching opening of its new Midfield Terminal Building at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), which will accommodate an additional 45 million passengers annually. This new facility will work to deliver a seamless passenger experience using cutting-edge technology, top notch leisure facilities and enhanced capacity and connectivity.
CEO, Abu Dhabi Airports, Bryan Thompson commented: “Our attendance comes as part of our commitment to maintaining the UAE’s aviation ties with its key regional partners. Through participating at this event, we look to celebrate the strong ties between Saudi Arabia and the UAE, particularly in the aviation sector, where trade and tourism between the two nations continues to play a key role in each of their national economies.”
“Our participation in leading aviation events such as the Saudi International Airshow is in line with our vision to become the world’s leading airports group, as we build greater strategic partnerships with key stakeholders from across the region and around the world,” he concluded.
During the Saudi International Airshow, Abu Dhabi Airports will also be shedding light on its United States Customs and Border Protection Pre-Clearance Facility, which is located at AUH. The facility allows Etihad Airways passengers travelling to New York, Washington, Dallas, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles via Abu Dhabi to avoid lengthy queues upon arrival in the US, and have their baggage checked through to their final destination. In 2018, more than 500,000 regional passengers utilised the facility.
Adding to this, the recent reductions in business setup costs at the Abu Dhabi Airports Free Zone (ADAFZ) will also be highlighted during the exhibition. Having reduced costs by more than 66 per cent, ADAFZ enables new businesses to easily enter and establish themselves within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Finally, the Gulf Center for Aviation Studies (GCAS), located at Al Bateen Executive Airport, will also be present at Saudi Airshow, where it will be promoting its aviation and airport training expertise and programmes to the regional aviation community.