Abu Dhabi Airports Company (Adac) is discussing the development of road and railway connectivity to the new Midfield Terminal project with the Department of Transport.

Adac has multiple plans for the expansion of the project and its future development, one of which is allocating space for a light rail or metro once the project finds more direction.

Part of the connectivity of the Midfield Terminal includes a significant interchange with the Department of Transport to link [the terminal] to the main highway,” said Tony Douglas, the chief executive of Adac.

The metro is part of a broader Abu Dhabi transport plan. However, we’ve been asked to make a provision inside the terminal, so as when it happens, there’s a place for it to connect,” Mr Douglas added.

The midfield terminal is being expanded with the need of the growing Etihad routes that have increased in number lately and need a bigger platform to perform its operations smoothly.

Etihad’s first delivery of A380s is towards the back end of next year. We have already got capacity to have the A380 at Terminal 3. We have a project ongoing at the moment working with our partner Etihad to add three additional A380 gates there as well. So this is part of the schedule,” Mr Douglas said.

Terminal 3, a new terminal, was intended for meeting the growing demand of passengers at the airport. Its introduction supported the airport to expand its seven million passenger capacity to 12 million per year.

The introduction of the metro link will provide the customers will an easy experience to get to and back from the airport, letting them plan their travel more freely, and not having to rush through cabs and vans. The cost of the metro is also more controlled than those of luxurious vans and cabs, so customers will have a quick solution to getting in and out of the airport.