Abu Dhabi Airports has announced the completion of tunnel linking for the under-construction Midfield Terminal Building (MTB) with terminals 1 and 3 of Abu Dhabi International Airport.
The authority commissioned the Midfield Airside Road Tunnel (MART) to link the MTB with the southside terminals of the airport.
The MART tunnel is approximately 1,165 metres long with average overall width of 35m, and will provide airside connectivity between the existing terminals and the MTB.
The link will permit transit of passenger busses, transfer baggage, crew busses, catering trucks, ground services equipment, cargo vehicles and emergency service vehicles.
The completion of the tunnel was marked by a site visit of Abu Dhabi Airports’ executive team lead by its acting chief executive officer, Abdul Majeed Al Khoori, who commented: “Today’s achievement is a key milestone towards delivering an airport hub that can sustain growth for years to come.
“It is crucial to have efficient connectivity between all of the airport’s terminals once the MTB is operational, to ensure we deliver a highly functional gateway, utilizing all available resources and infrastructure at its highest operational capabilities.”
The MART tunnel was constructed in two phases; phase one being the southern part of the tunnel section beneath the south runway, which was completed in December 2014.
Phase two included the connection of MART phase one with the Airside towards Terminals 1 and 3 including the full MEP installation for the entire project, to deliver a fully operational network of road tunnels.
“The MART project is a very complex one being carried out in a live and extremely busy airport environment, alongside a mega project being built,” Al Khoori added.