Kohn Pederson Fox-designed Midfield Terminal that will increase Abu Dhabi International Airport’s capacity to 45 million passengers per year is expected to be completed by the end of 2019, according to Abu Dhabi Airports chairman Awaidah Murshed Al Marrar, Arabian Business reported.
The $2.94 billion Midfield Terminal (MTB) was originally expected to open in December 2017, which was reportedly delayed by the design and execution complexities of the structure’s ornate roof.
The structure is now 86 percent complete, according to Al Marrar.
When completed, the 742,000 square-meter MTB will increase the number of passengers flying through Abu Dhabi every year to 45 million over the course of the next decade, according to officials.
Earlier this year, the architects released under-construction images of the project which were published on designMENA, as well as some artistic photographs published on its Instagram account.
The latest images show that the building is well underway, revealing the terminal’s curving roof, designed to give the appearance of floating in mid-air. Read more about the project here.