Nov 20 2007
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Abu Dhabi Airport to be upgraded by end of 2008
Abu Dhabi, Nov. 20, 2007 (WAM) -- Abu Dhabi International Airport is working hard to alleviate disruptions to air traffic due to bad weather, said Khalifa Al Mazrouei, Chairman and Managing Director of Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) ."We do appreciate the frustrations passengers have come through in the past few days as a result of the fog. However, our first and foremost responsibility as airport operators is to the safety and security of our passengers. At the same time, we are striving to put in place new measures to ensure that adverse weather conditions will have minimal impact on our passengers' travel plans," he said. He pointed out that ADAC is currently upgrading the existing runway from CAT II to CAT III, which will enable landing and take off at a visibility level of 50 metres. "The upgrade work will be completed before the end of 2008," he said. "We will work hard to try and bring completion forward to ensure weather conditions in November 2008 will not impact travelers," he added. Meanwhile, work on the second runway is progressing fast, with construction work due to be completed in February next year. This CAT III runway will be able to handle the new generation of wide-bodied aircraft, including the Airbus A380. The dual-runway system will enable the airport to handle 70 take-offs/landings per hour.
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