Abu Dhabi Airport Arrivals AUH

Abu Dhabi International Airport

P.O. Box 94449, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Tel No. +971 2 5055000
Fax No. +971 2 575 8300
Website: www.abudhabiairport.ae
Airport code: AUH

AUH Arrivals today

Find out Abu Dhabi international arrivals

The airport is located 30 km east of the city. Abu Dhabi Airport is one of the largest airports in the region after Dubai International airport. Dozens of airlines fly to more than 100 destinations in dozens of countries. It is an airport that operates day and night. It is an important gateway from Europe to Asia and vice versa. 20-25 million passengers pass through the airport every year. There are also three different terminals and there is a SkyPlaza for parking and restaurants/shops. There are 2 4,100 m runways available for all AUH arrivals


The first Abu Dhabi arrivals were at Abu Dhabi Airfield in the 1950’s. At the end of the 1960’ss, a new airport was built that was given the name Abu Dhabi International airport. Later this was changed to Al Bateen Airport. It was eventually realized by Sheik Zayed that it was not an ideal position with only 1 access road leveled on an island. A different location was chosen to build the main airport of the city.

Only since the 2000’s a lot has changed. A second terminal was opened in 2005 and a second runway a few years later. Not much later, in 2009 a third terminal was opened for Abu Dhabi arrivals. This newest terminal is mainly used by Etihad Airways. Despite the relatively recently opened terminal, work is underway on another new terminal. This is called Midfield Terminal. This is located between the two runways. It should have been ready in 2017 but there have been several delays.

Abu Dhabi airport ground transportation

Abu Dhabi International Airport is located 18 miles from the center of the city. There are bus connections to the city or you can take a rental car or taxi to the center.

  • Parking, Pick-up and Drop-off: If you want to park at the airport, it is possible in front of one of the terminals. If you want to pare, at terminal 1 and 3 it costs 20 AED for the first 60 minutes and after that it gets cheaper. It will cost 240 AED per day. Parks for terminal 2 are also possible and this is considerably cheaper. This is half the price compared to the other parking garages. If you only want to pick up or drop off passengers, you can only stand for a few minutes.
  • AUH arrivals from Abu Dhabi city by bus: it is a comfortable way to travel. There are bus stops at each terminal. Different routes are possible. There is at least 1 bus every hour, including during the night. The journey time is approximately 45 minutes and a single ticket costs 4 AED.
  • Taxi: There are metered taxis outside the Abu Dhabi arrivals hall ready to continue your journey to your final destination.
Terminals at Abu Dhabi Airport

There are 3 terminals at the airport. Terminal 1 is a somewhat older terminal with an AUH airport arrivals area with check-in and security at level 1. You have to go to level 2 for the gates to board. There are 14 gates in total over here. Terminal 2 is a small one-storey terminal. All Abu Dhabi arrivals of low cost airlines take place here. It is a bit further from terminals 1 and 3. There are free shuttle buses between the terminals. Terminal 3 has 2 floors with a baggage reclaim area on the ground floor together with customs and security. Level 1 is the departure area.

Terminal 2 with Abu Dhabi arrivals hall:

abu dhabi airport arrivals AUH terminal 2 map

Terminals and passenger stats Abu Dhabi Airport

There are 2 equal runways of 13,450 feet where Abu Dhabi Airport arrivals take place. Last year there were 21 million passengers at the airport. That has been fairly stable in recent years. Despite this, there have been plans to build a new terminal and runway for years to expand and increase the Abu Dhabi flight arrivals. To date, it has been pushed forward, but should finally be put into use in 2021 this year.

Arrivals – Destinations

Most AUH arrivals come from India, followed by Saudi Arabia, UK, Germany and Pakistan. Most flights are operated by Etihad Airways which is why Abu Dhabi is the home base. There are many destinations to:

Airlines that offer Abu Dhabi flight arrivals

In addition to the popular Etihad Airways, which provides the most flights, there are many other airlines that fly to/from the airport. An example is Wizz Air which will mainly offer Abu Dhabi airport arrivals from European cities from the east. There are also multiple routes to India by Air India, Go First and IndiGo. Other carriers at the airport include the following:

  • Turkish Airlines
  • Saudi
  • Pakistan Int Airlines
  • Airblue
  • Air Arabia
  • KLM, and a few others.