Airport information

Flying with us soon? Find everything you need to know to make your journey through the airport quick and easy, like where and when to check in. Tell us which airport you’re flying from to start.

Terminal and check-in times

Check-in times are shown in hours and minutes before the departure of your flight.

Abu Dhabi International Airport

Welcome to our home, the capital of the UAE and the crossroads between East and West.

Before you fly from Abu Dhabi, view the recommended check-in time for your flight based on live airport information.

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Check-in times

Check-in opens four hours before your scheduled departure time. If you’re travelling in Economy, check-in closes 60 minutes ahead of your flight, or 45 minutes if you’re flying in Business or First.

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US flights

Flying directly to the US? Check-in will close two hours before your departure time, and you should arrive at the US preclearance facility 60 minutes before your flight. 

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Use the e-gates

Register to use the e-border gates in Abu Dhabi to save time at immigration. This is subject to visa requirements.

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Drop your bags and go

Checked in online? Simply drop your bags and use the time you’ve saved to shop, dine or unwind.

Customs in Abu Dhabi

If you need to declare anything to customs, including the disclosure of cash, you access all customs services online at

Airport services

Meet & Assist

Fast track through the airport with Global Meet & Assist.

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Airport transfers

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Check in online

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Priority access

Skip the queues with Priority Access

Fast track through the airport with Priority Access. Skip the queues with dedicated check-in counters and priority boarding, and save time when you land too – your bags will be first on the baggage belt so you can simply grab and go.

Priority Access costs US $40 worldwide.

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Ways to pay at the airport

We recommend that you use a credit or debit card for payments at the airport. Some airports no longer accept cash and you may be charged a cash-handling fee at the limited number of airports where cash is accepted.

These airports do not accept cash payments:

  • Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS)
  • Beijing, China (PEK)
  • Brussels, Belgium (BRU)
  • Chicago, United States (ORD)
  • Dublin, Ireland (DUB)
  • Frankfurt, Germany (FRA)
  • Geneva, Switzerland (GVA)
  • London, England (LHR)
  • Manchester, England (MAN)
  • Melbourne, Australia (MEL)
  • Moscow, Russia (SVO)
  • Munich, Germany (MUC)
  • Narita, Japan (NRT)
  • New York, United States (JFK)
  • Shanghai, China (PVG)
  • Sydney, Australia (SYD)
  • Toronto, Canada (YYZ)
  • Vienna, Austria (VIE)
  • Washington, United States (IAD)
  • Zurich, Switzerland (ZRH)