Under the agreement, Abu Dhabi Airports and selected airline operators will introduce on-ground services, including 15 check-in counters, which passengers arriving at Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal can complete their airline check-in ahead of their arrival to the airport.
Commenting on the strategic partnership, Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, ceo of Abu Dhabi Ports said: ‘After a record-breaking cruise season during 2016/2017, which saw a 48% increase in passengers arriving at our terminals in Zayed Port and Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach, Abu Dhabi Ports is committed to continue supporting the growth of the maritime tourism sector by providing passengers with services that address all their needs.’
Commenting on this collaboration, Abdul Majeed Al Khoori, acting ceo at Abu Dhabi Airports. said: ‘As we embark on a new phase of our journey, soon operating one of the largest airport terminals worldwide from an increasingly vibrant city, it is crucial that we tie the knot with key partners within the transport and tourism industries to create a strong network of entities.’
Also commenting on the occasion, Noura Rashid Al Dhaheri, cruise terminal manager, said: ‘During the last cruise season, which was extended to June for the first time, we witnessed an increase in visitors flocking to Abu Dhabi. We anticipate our partnership with Abu Dhabi Airports, which is a first for the region, will attract further growth and success during the upcoming season.’
Air lift, passenger handling, security, immigration and customs – is the chain working and how can it be improved, will be discussed at the upcoming Seatrade Middle East Cruise Forum, taking place in Dubai December 12-13, 2017 at Lapita, Dubai Parks & Resorts, Dubai, UAE.