Abu Dhabi passenger traffic up 11.7pc
Abu Dhabi, July 20, 2010
Abu Dhabi International Airport has registered a 11.7 per cent increase in passenger traffic in the first half when compared to the same period last year. The airport also witnessed a 20.3 per cent jump in cargo movements.
Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) said the recent traffic report reflected a growth in cargo performance, with loads increasing by 20.3 percent and aircraft movements increasing by 11.9 per cent for the first six months of 2010.
The airport’s growth is attributed to the international passenger traffic rebound and is supported by Etihad Airways’ increased frequencies and new destinations, by the new airlines which launched flights to Abu Dhabi and the additional services by existing airlines, the ADAC said in a statement.
The top routes from Abu Dhabi in the first half of this year were: London, Bangkok, Doha, Manila, and Bahrain, accounting for 20 per cent of the total passenger traffic at the airport during this period.
On the same note, the traffic report for the first half of this year identified the top developing regions to and from Abu Dhabi, with North America demonstrating a 108 per cent increase, the South West Pacific (Australia) with 22 per cent increase and Europe with 19 per cent increase.
James E. Bennett, chief executive officer of ADAC said: 'The positive performance of Abu Dhabi International Airport for the first half of this year, the continuous growth of our airlines and the expansion of our network reflect the dynamism and potential of the Abu Dhabi market.'
'Our airport is currently growing twice as fast as the average total world passenger traffic. As the capital is becoming increasingly attractive to business and leisure visitors, we continue to work closely with our airline-partners to identify opportunities that would generate more traffic for our airport,' he added.-TradeArabia News Service