The closure of Terminal 2 at Abu Dhabi International is unrelated to the coronavirus outbreak, according to the airport operator.
Abu Dhabi Airports announced the closure on Monday, tweeting that it would migrate all flights to Terminal 1.
The move to close T2 comes after scores of flights were cancelled in and out of Abu Dhabi because of the virus.
As part of our continuous efforts to provide exceptional service to our airline partners and passengers, we are announcing the closure of Terminal 2 and migrating all existing flights to Terminal 1 at AUH.#AbuDhabiAirport #AUH #AbuDhabi pic.twitter.com/2FgvpScSq3— Abu Dhabi Airport (@AUH) March 16, 2020
Etihad Airways alone, which has its home at the airport, has halted flights to Italy, Spain, Lebanon, Hong Kong and destinations in China.
There was speculation that the closure was due to the coronavirus outbreak but Abu Dhabi Airports issued a statement denying that this was the case.
It said: “The closure of Terminal 2 at AUH is fully in line with our dedication to delivering exceptional service to our airline partners and passengers and is not in relation to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19).”
“We are currently working with our airline partners to ensure a seamless transition of their operations to Terminal 1. We advise passengers to check the departure terminal with their respective airline before travelling.”
The UAE suspended a number of visa types over the weekend, leading to rumours on social media that all airports in the country were about to close with all flights in and out of the UAE being grounded.
Emirates and Dubai Airports had to step in to clarify that the new rules only applied to some visas and not people eligible for visas-on-entry.