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Al Bateen Executive Airport (IATA: AZI, ICAO: OMAD) is a dedicated business jet airport located 6.5 nautical miles (12.0 km; 7.5 mi) south east[1] of Abu Dhabi city centre in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The airport is on the Abu Dhabi island. Other tenants include aviation assets of the UAE government. It opened in 1969 as Abu Dhabi International Airport to replace the older airport.

Al Bateen Executive Airport
Abu Dhabi
Al Bateen Airport logo.svg
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorAbu Dhabi Airports Company
ServesAbu Dhabi
Opened1969
Hub forGulf Aviation(from 1969 to 1974) Gulf Air(from 1974 to 1982)
Focus city forBritish Airways, Singapore Airlines
Time zoneUAE Standard Time (UTC+04:00)
Elevation AMSL16 ft / 5 m
Coordinates24°25′42″N 54°27′29″E / 24.42833°N 54.45806°E / 24.42833; 54.45806Coordinates: 24°25′42″N 54°27′29″E / 24.42833°N 54.45806°E / 24.42833; 54.45806
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OMAD is located in United Arab Emirates
OMAD
OMAD
Location in the UAE
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
13/31 2,200 7,218 Asphalt
Sources: UAE AIP[1]

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HistoryEdit

1960sEdit

By the late 1960s, Abu Dhabi Airfield had grown too small for the city. The idea for a massive new airport was conceived. In 1969, the new Al Bateen Executive Airport(Abu Dhabi International Airport at the time of opening) was inaugurated and all scheduled traffic transferred to it.

Historical Airlines and DestinationsEdit

Government useEdit

Al Bateen's tenants include a UAE Naval Aviation helicopter squadron and the Abu Dhabi Police Department air wing.

Passenger airlines and destinationsEdit

Rotana Jet operates private jet services from the airport, having moved all scheduled commercial operations to Abu Dhabi International Airport Terminal 2 in October 2014.[2]

Solar Impulse 2, a Swiss experimental solar powered aircraft, was given its final touches here in 2015. It used the airport as the starting point for its Around the World circumnavigation attempt. The aircraft took off on 9 March 2015 and flew to nearby Oman and then onwards to India. It was also used as the landing site for the final leg from Cairo to Abu Dhabi, landing July 25, 2016.

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