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Al Bateen airport expects 20 per cent more aircraft during Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

60,000 travellers are expected to attend the event, especially the final race on November 29

As final touches are being given to Yas Marina Circuits in preparation for the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend, the capital’s airport, which caters to private jets, is all set to welcome racing teams and fans.

The Al Bateen Executive Airport expects a 20 per cent increase in aviation traffic this year from that of the same period in 2014, which had 200 aircraft movements.

“We are very excited to welcome thousands of travellers for the finale to the Formula 1 season,” says Ahmed Al Haddabi, Chief Operations Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports.

The three-day racing event expects to attract 60,000 people and the final race will be on November 29.

In the run up to F1 grandeur, the airport completed many infrastructural upgrades including the refurbishment of several hangars, enhancement of maintenance facilities and opening up of retail stores in the airport’s VIP lounges.

“Following the recent upgrades to the airport’s infrastructure, we are confident we will exceed expectations of new and returning passengers, providing them with the highest possible levels of comfort and service,” adds Al Haddabi.

“The 2015 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is upon us and we are obviously delighted to be well on course for yet another sell-out weekend,” said Al Tareq Al Ameri, CEO of Yas Marina Circuit.

The event will also see the performances of international artists including Enrique Iglesias, Florence + The Machine and Blur, in addition to the Arab world’s leading vocalists and musicians.

The organisers say that the ticket sales for the event has been strong and only less than 1,500 tickets were left, with Main, West and Marina Grandstands already sold out.