The number of aircraft visiting Abu Dhabi’s Al Bateen Executive Airport jumped by almost a fifth last year.
The 18 per cent year-on-year increase in visiting traffic follows the double-digit gains in passenger numbers last year at Abu Dhabi International Airport announced last week.
Abu Dhabi Airports reported passenger numbers grew 12.4 per cent last year to 16.5 million.
“The 18 per cent increase in visiting aircraft at the airport on the previous year clearly demonstrates Abu Dhabi’s growing place as a destination for business and leisure travel,” said Yousif Al Hammadi, the general manager of Al Bateen Airport.
Mr Al Hammadi also noted the airport’s handling of about 100 aircraft during the Abu Dhabi Formula One weekend, which took place in November.
Among the aircraft that are based at the airport is Rotana Jet, the county’s first domestic airline. The company in December began flying to Muscat three times a week and another twice-weekly flight to Bahrain in September.
In 2012, Al Bateen Airport became the host of the Abu Dhabi Air Expo. This year it will be held between February 25 and 27. The event will display about 100 aircraft, with 170 companies exhibiting.