Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) has started preparing for the increased passenger and cargo traffic that will pass through the city’s three airports, Abu Dhabi International Airport, Al Bateen Executive Airport and Al Ain International Airport for the Formula One race, taking place this weekend.
ADAC has increased staffing in all airports and, through its companies Abu Dhabi Airport Services (ADAS) and Abu Dhabi Cargo Company (ADCC), has implemented a comprehensive plan across key areas of operations. These include loading, fuelling and aircraft parking as well as working with airside operations, security, cargo and hospitality.
VP Operations at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Harib Al Hameli, commented: “We are excited to welcome the world to Abu Dhabi through our airports. Many of our staff have generously volunteered to work over the weekend to ensure we provide the best possible service and the warm Arabian hospitality we are known for. I would like to thank them, and thank the combined efforts of our partners from the police, immigration, the airlines and others who are continuously supporting ADAC, its airports and companies.”
At Abu Dhabi International Airport, passengers will be able to enjoy exhibits, promotions and activities, including an online poll to choose the best-looking Formula One car from the 59 on display throughout the airport.
Al Bateen Executive Airport’s passengers will be able to enjoy the facilities of its FBO, DhabiJet. The airport has also announced free landing and parking services for private aircraft arriving during the Formula One weekend. Estimates of flight movements are being constantly updated and relayed to the safety team and DhabiJet, ensuring that the apron layout is optimised and that potential overcapacity issues are avoided.
Throughout last week, ADCC received all the Formula One cars as they arrived from South Korea, having completed the last set of races prior to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The company has been handling the cargo delivery for Formula One since the event first came to the city in 2009.