Al Bateen Executive Airport reopens after renovation project

Abu Dhabi’s Al Bateen Executive Airport reopened recently following the successful completion of a major refurbishment project to meet increased operational demand.

The project, completed in less than 90 days, involved the resurfacing and widening of the existing 3.2 kilometer runway to accommodate jumbo jets and a substantial new perimeter wall, improved ground lighting, signage and an improved landscape.

Another significant part of the work completed was the upgrade and refurbishment of the Airfield Ground Lighting (AGL) at Al Bateen Executive Airport, certifying the airport to operate Code 4D aircraft.

“The improvements to Al Bateen Executive Airport will result in several tangible benefits, such as increasing the capacity of the airport to accommodate larger aircraft, extending the life of the runway and reduced maintenance time and costs,” said Shareef Hashim Al Hashmi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports. .

As part of the refurbishment activities, more than 105,000 tons of asphalt were used on various areas of the runway, runway shoulders and taxiways, approximately 240,000 square meters and a total of 23 kilometers of cables were laid, in addition to 15.5 kilometers of conduits and the installation of more than 400 new manholes.

“More than 800 dedicated employees have helped make this project a success, while minimizing disruption to residents, demonstrating our collaboration and determination to drive development. As the only dedicated executive airport in the Middle East, we are committed to providing our customers with a safe and secure facility that meets their needs,” said Frank McCrorie, COO, Abu Dhabi Airports.

Officials at the reopening of Al Bateen Executive Airport

Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), said: “The Al Bateen Executive Airport renovation project embodies the commitment of our aviation partners to the United Arab Emirates to invest in the safety, modernization and sustainability of the region’s only dedicated executive airport. Engagement with Abu Dhabi Airports – from project inception to completion – has ensured the highest level of compliance with national standards, regulations, guidance documents and international best practices outlined by the GCAA.

In other developments, a new agreement between Abu Dhabi Airports, which manages and operates Abu Dhabi’s five airports, and the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security (ICP), will boost and enhance service excellence across all Abu Dhabi Airports terminals and facilities.

Read: Abu Dhabi Airports, ICP partner to improve service excellence and passenger experience

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