Abu Dhabi International airport will be expanding its existing terminal 3 to support the Airbus A380 aircraft.

The airport operator Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) has asked contractors to submit expressions of interest for the construction works covering the building of a two-story building, an apron, and a taxiway as well as the modification of three aircraft stands.

Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) has also issued an expression of interest for design services for the landside support facilities at the new midfield terminal complex at the international airport. The design consultancy services cover facilities such as a long-term car park, goods and waste processor complex and an airport employee car park.

The deadline for responses to both expressions of interest is set for 3 March.

With rising passenger and cargo throughput the Abu Dhabi International, the airport is under pressure to expand its capacity as well be equipped to deal with the larger aircraft models such as the A380. Construction on the new midfield terminal began last year and is set to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2016.

The airport has reported a further hike in passenger traffic through Abu Dhabi International airport in January. ADAC reported an increase of 19.6 per cent in passenger traffic in January compared to the same month last year. A total of 1.3 million passengers passed through the airport’s facilities last month. Cargo volumes also increased by 25 per cent in January compared to the same month last year. Cargo volume reached 48,875 tonnes in January 2013.