Terminal 1

Abu Dhabi airport

Abu Dhabi International Airport’s Terminal 1 offers world-class services to make your visit as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Terminal 1 is located right next to Terminal 3, and the airport itself is accessible from Abu Dhabi and Dubai or Al Ain with our complimentary coach service.


Flights departing to:

• Amman • Damascus • Baghdad • Erbil • Bangalore • Hyderabad • Beirut • Kathmandu • Cairo • Khartoum • Casablanca • Kozhikode • Chennai • Moscow • Colombo • Tehran • Dhaka • Trivandrum • Seychelles

Etihad Chauffeur

For our First and Business Class Guests, getting to Abu Dhabi airport is easy with Etihad Chauffeur, our premium car service.

With a fleet of luxury cars, we now offer the same level of service and comfort on the road that you are used to on our aircraft.

Etihad Chauffeur


  • The service is available free of charge in more than 25 destinations worldwide, including the UAE.
  • Travel in luxury to and from anywhere in the UAE, such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Fujairah to Abu Dhabi airport.
  • Please ensure you book at least 24 hours before departure.

Essential services

Essential services

Abu Dhabi airport’s Terminal 1 offers a variety of services to prepare you for your trip:

A 24-hour medical centre, several banks, ATM machines, currency exchange offices, postal facilities, car hire companies and a Mosque.

Etihad’s Ticketing Office is open 24 hours a day to provide reservation and ticketing services. Tel:  +971 2 575 7874.

Shops and facilities

Duty free

Need a latte, a souvenir, or even a night in a five-star hotel? Abu Dhabi Airport’s Terminal 1 has it all.

Cafes at the departure and arrivals halls and transit area and a five-star Airport Hotel for guests in transit.

Attractive shopping options at a variety of duty-free outlets.

World-class lounges

Business Class lounge

Our First Class and Business Class Lounges at Abu Dhabi airport are all about style, space and serenity.

Expect five-star dining, bars, showers, entertainment pods and even a Six Sense Spa. Children can relax in our Family Room with qualified nannies.

Business facilities include Macs, free broadband internet access as well as printing.

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See a full list of Etihad's lounges at airports around the world.

Centre of the world

Centre of the world

At the crossroads of east and west, Abu Dhabi International Airport is well located for a convenient onward connection, or for a direct trip to the UAE.

With its central geographical location, Abu Dhabi is ideal for a stopover.

Abu Dhabi city is just a 40-minute drive from the airport.

Reach Dubai Marina in under an hour, avoiding the traffic hotspots. Sit back and relax by taking one of our complimentary airport transfers.

Check-in options

Check-in options

There are three ways you can check in before an Etihad Airways flight.

You can check in on our website. This is quick and easy, allowing you to choose your preferred seat.

You can use our city check-in facilities in Abu Dhabi or Dubai, with the latter also offering a free airport coach transfer.

Check in the traditional way at the Etihad counters at the airport.

Checking-in at Abu Dhabi International Airport’s Terminal 1 - your options

Web check-in

Be the first to choose your seat and avoid airport queues by checking in online between 24 hours and 2 hours before you fly.

Fly with Etihad and enjoy a hassle-free journey by checking in online from 24 hours to 2 hours before departure.

With a few simple clicks, choose your preferred seat, check yourself in and print your own boarding pass, ready to present upon arrival at the Bag Drop counter at the airport.

• Be the first to choose your seat.
• Avoid the airport check-in queues.
• Spend more time in our luxurious airport lounges, with Six Senses Spa, at Abu Dhabi International Airport*
• Shop to your heart’s content in the Duty Free.

*Available for Diamond First and Pearl Business Guests

City check-in

Check in at the city terminals anytime between 24 and 5 hours prior to your flight. By checking in early, you get a chance to choose your seats and you can relax without cumbersome luggage to worry about.

Please note that the city check-in service is currently unavailable to our US-bound guests, guests with reduced mobility, Unaccompanied Minors and guests traveling on staff tickets.

Abu Dhabi city check-in

Located in the heart of Abu Dhabi, the Abu Dhabi City Terminal is an easy drive from any part of the capital. Open 24 hours of the day and every day of the week. Leave your baggage at the facility, collect your boarding pass and leave the rest to us.

• Allows you to check in for your flight between 24-5 hours before departure.
• An AED 30 fee is applicable per passenger, adult or child, traveling in Economy Class. Infants below the age of two are not charged.

Dubai City Check-in

Located on Sheikh Zayed Road, close to Etihad’s Dubai office, this facility offers a free, round-the-clock check-in service: collect your boarding pass and leave the rest to us.

• Allows you to check in for your flight between 24-5 hours before departure.

If you are a Coral Economy Guest, you may use one of our complimentary coaches to take you to Abu Dhabi International Airport. Diamond First and Pearl Business Guests can use our complimentary Etihad Chauffeur service.

Check-in at the Etihad counters

Check-in opens 4 hours before the scheduled time of departure.

To ensure a stress-free passage through Departures, ensure you are at the check-in counter at least 90 minutes before your flight departure time and at the departure gate 45 minutes before your flight.

Check-in closing times:
• For Economy Class guests, check-in closes 60 minutes prior to departure.
• For our First Class and Business Class guests, check-in closes 45 minutes prior to departure, except for guests travelling to the US, for whom check-in closes 60 minutes before the flight.