Abu Dhabi to reopen Al Bateen Executive Airport after upgrade project

Abu Dhabi is all set to reopen its Al Bateen Executive Airport on Saturday, August 6, after concluding a significant upgrade project.

Abu Dhabi is all set to reopen its Al Bateen Executive Airport on Saturday, August 6, after concluding a significant upgrade project.

On Wednesday, August 3, Abu Dhabi Airport’s senior official said that the expansion, mainly broadening the runway, will enable the airport to manage larger planes.

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Other works that were carried out since the private jet facility shut down for all except for helicopters earlier in May include:

  • A powerful new boundary wall
  • Runway resurfacing
  • Elevated ground lighting
  • Enhanced signage and landscaping

A senior vice president of terminal operations at Abu Dhabi Airports, Matar Al Suwaidi, stated that it had been a primary project comprising various elements of the airport.

The enhancements mean a new era for the airport, which was the first modern international facility in Abu Dhabi.

Launched in the late 1960s, Al Bateen to cater for a sudden increase in people coming to Abu Dhabi after the discovery of oil. It substituted the sand airstrip, had a unique concrete-roofed terminal and also gave its name as ‘Airport Road’, which was then renamed as Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Street.

The present main airport was established in 1982 to manage a surge in demand, and in the years since then, Al Bateen has operated as a military base before its enhancement as a dedicated airport for private jets.

It is also preparing to host Abu Dhabi Air Expo, which is scheduled to take place from November 1 to 3. The event is estimated to attract over 18,000 people and host over 300 suppliers and manufacturers.

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The project has been timely as the runway will alter from a 4C to a 4D, in airport terminology, meaning that it can manage twin-aisle jets, like Boeing 767s, as compared to earlier when it could only accommodate single-aisle plans like Airbus A320s and Boeing 737s. But the change alone does not provide the certification, and the Emirates’ General Civil Aviation Authority will give its final consent.

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