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Abu Dhabi Airport to Close for 12 hours on 22 July 2008

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Abu Dhabi International Airport is to be closed to all air traffic between 02:15am until 14:15 (12 hours) on Tuesday 22 July 2008, due to essential maintenance work needed on its runway.

 Massimiliano Dosi, Chief Operating Officer, Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), the owner-operator of the airport, said, "Having identified an abrasion in the runway, ADAC has taken the decision that a re-asphalting of a small section of the airport's only airstrip is essential and is to be conducted early next week."

Due to the time of year and the extremely high summer temperatures being experienced in Abu Dhabi, day and night, this generally routine procedure means it would need longer than usual for the new asphalt to set and be ready for operational use, hence the 12 hour scheduled closure.

Abu Dhabi Airports Company said it has been working closely with the home airline, Etihad Airways, along with all its other airline operators through Abu Dhabi International Airport in order to minimize any inconveniences that may be caused.

All passengers scheduled to fly to Abu Dhabi on Tuesday 22 July, are strongly advised to check directly with their airline or travel agent in order to understand if and how this will affect their flight schedules.

"ADAC regrets any inconvenience caused to passengers but hopes that it is understood that safety is always the first priority for all its partners and passengers and ADAC has taken all means and measures to limit any inconveniences caused during the maintenance period," Dosi added.

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