Our purpose-built terminal

Welcome to Terminal 3, our purpose-built terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport. It’s been designed to offer you the Etihad experience you’ve become accustomed to in the air and on the ground. Terminal 3 is located right next to Terminal 1, and the airport itself is accessible from Abu Dhabi and Dubai or Al Ain with our complimentary coach service.


Flights departing to:

• Amsterdam • Almaty • Dusseldorf • Larnaca • New York • Astana • Frankfurt • London • Paris • Athens • Geneva • Maldives • Peshawar • Bahrain • Islamabad • Manchester • Riyadh • Bangkok • Istanbul • Manila • Seoul • Beijing • Jakarta • Melbourne • Brussels • Jeddah • Milan • Sydney • Changi • Johannesburg • Minsk • Tokyo • Chengdu • Karachi • Mumbai • Toronto • Chicago • Kochi • Munich • Dammam • Kuala Lumpur • Muscat • Doha • Kuwait • Nagoya • Dublin • Lahore • New Delhi

Centre of the world

Abu Dhabi airport

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

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.

Inspiration from the ground up

Duty free

Opened in spring 2009, Terminal 3 is designed to feel like a luxury hotel rather than an airport. And it’s only for you.

Our unique brand of Inspired Service includes your very own concierge to welcome you on arrival, dedicated desks to speed up check-in and a boutique Duty Free stocked with the world's most sought-after brands.

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Duty Free

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Connecting at Abu Dhabi International Airport

Abu Dhabi is an ideal place to break a journey with a stopover because of unique geographical position as a gateway between east and west, its state-of-the-airport and the range of things to do in the capital.

Guests connecting between flights at Abu Dhabi International Airport can use the facilities in Terminal 1 and Terminal 3, Etihad's purpose-built terminal which opened in spring 2009.

Abu Dhabi stopovers

As Abu Dhabi is our hub, there are many opportunities to stop over in the UAE capital while you're en route between two other cities. Whether it's to see friends and family or take advantage of some of the attractive hotel packages we offer, stopovers can be on just one-way journeys or on return trips.

For example: fly London to Sydney return on Etihad with a two-night stopover in Abu Dhabi each way and spend a month in Sydney. For this you would search:

Origin 1 London Destination 1 Abu Dhabi Departure date: Feb 1
Origin 2 Abu Dhabi Destination 2 Sydney Departure date: Feb 3
Origin 3 Sydney Destination 3 Abu Dhabi Departure date: Mar 3
Origin 4 Abu Dhabi Destination 4 London Departure date: Feb 5

You can adjust the dates of departure on each of the legs on this journey to have a stopover from a night to many months.

World-class lounges

Champagne bar

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.

Premium check in

Premium check in

Step out of your Etihad Chauffeur limousine, breeze through your a dedicated check-in facility and in only a few strides you’re in our outstanding lounges.

Check-in resembles a five-star hotel lobby, with luxurious leather couches, warm intimate lighting, concierge services and porters

Pass quickly through exclusive security and passport control into our own boutique duty-free shopping mall.

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.


  • 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.

Younger guests

Assisting children

We’re always finding new ways to make flying a memorable experience for young guests.

Designated family check-in with stickers and colourful boarding passes to keep children engaged.

Unaccompanied Minors Lounge access and strollers available on request.

Family Room in our Business and First Class Lounges, with a children’s menu, books, games, toys and TV.

Dining and resting

Terminal 3

Need a latte, a hearty meal or even a night in a five-star hotel? We have it all.

Abu Dhabi Airport’s Terminal 3 offers cafés, bars and restaurants. With sandwich bars, cafés, fast food, restaurants and even an English pub, you are well catered for.

A luxury airport hotel is available for guests in transit.

Essential services

Essential services

Abu Dhabi airport’s Terminal 3 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.



Grab a last-minute gift or browse the most sought-after brands in the luxurious Duty Free area in Abu Dhabi airport. Here you can find:

  • A Boots pharmacy, Relay newsagent, book shop, electronics and gift shops and more.
  • Luxury boutiques including Burberry, Bulgari, Cartier, Chloe, Dunhill, Fendi, Hugo Boss, Jimmy Choo, Loewe, Mont Blanc, Polo, Ralph Lauren, Rolex, Salvatore Ferragamo, Swarovski and Tag Heuer.

Checking-in at Abu Dhabi International Airport’s Terminal 3 - 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.