Travellers will now be able to access parking, taxis and limousines 20 metres away from the customs lounge.
Abu Dhabi airport relocates arrivals hall as part of expansion plan
People meeting passengers should head to the new lower-level entrances of the building to use the fast drive-by lane, or park in the allocated car parks and walk into the new arrivals hall.
Travellers are now able to access parking, taxis and limousines 20 metres away from the customs lounge through a tunnel that connects the area with the new arrivals hall. The previous distance from the customs lounge was 140m.
The building of this tunnel and the expansion of the arrivals hall is part of the airport's capacity-enhancement plan.
This is focused on ensuring that the airport is equipped to handle the anticipated growth in passengers, increasing the terminals' capacity to 20 million and bridging the gap until the midfield terminal opens in 2017.
The plan will also include the expansion of the baggage-handling system, the creation of 20 new departure gates, a new business lounge, and a new gateway for the A380.
The northern runway will also be updated and nine new aircraft parking spaces will be created.