New airport system set to speed up immigration


The stress of travelling has just gotten a little bit easier for the city’s residents, thanks to the implementation of a new e-gate system at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Registered passport holders will soon be able to move through immigration control in less than 20 seconds. The automated system, which will scan passenger’s passports and faces, will allow travellers to breeze through immigration without dealing with officials.

The service will be available in T1 and T3 immigration halls for both arriving and departing passengers. Citizens, UAE residents, GCC residents and visitors who received their visa at the airport can register for the service.

Participants will have their passports, irises and hands scanned. The details will then be stored electronically to make arrivals and departures through the airport that much easier.

The new technology will slowly be implemented throughout the rest of the country.

The Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) announced a 14 percent growth for the first four months of 2013. The increase in passenger traffic from last year highlights the airport’s growing prominence and popularity within the region.

“As the capital’s airport continues to register double digit growth in passenger traffic, ADAC will continue to invest in Abu Dhabi International Airport in order to provide the infrastructure necessary to ensure world-class service and optimal efficiency for all passengers and partners supporting the growth of Abu Dhabi as an international hub,” said Ahmad Al Haddabi, chief operations officer, ADAC.

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