The number of passengers passing through Abu Dhabi International airport will rise sharply in the next decade as the number of aircraft operated by Etihad Airways increases, the MEED Abu Dhabi 2013 Conference was told on 9 December.

“We are forecasting over 36 million passengers in 2020 compared with 16.6 million in 2013,” said Tony Douglas, Abu Dhabi Airports chief executive officer. “This requires an airport that is able to deliver outstanding customer service.

Douglas said that Etihad now had 87 aircraft. This figure would rise to 190 in 2020, he said.

He added that the new Midfield Terminal Complex will open at 7am on 17 July 2017.