x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 January 2018

Air traffic rises at Al Bateen Executive

Al Bateen Executive Airport sees a 21 per cent rise in aircraft movement during the first four months of this year.

Air traffic at the capital's Al Bateen Executive Airport increased during the first four months of this year.

The business aviation hub of Abu Dhabi Airports Company (Adac) reported a 21 per cent increase in aircraft movement between January and April compared to same period last year.

More than 460 flights landed at the airport during this period, said Yousif Al Hammadi, the general manager of Al Bateen Executive Airport.

The airport also had an increase in commercial traffic - including small commercial and cargo aircraft - as it reported a rise of 3 per cent, reaching around 3,500 movements.

"The increase shows more people are using Abu Dhabi as a meetings destination," Mr Al Hammadi said.

"Now we are focusing on bringing more visitor aircraft to the airport to use it as a hub or as a stopover and refuelling."

The emirate's business climate recorded a slight improvement by 0.1 points in the first quarter compared to the same period last year, according to the Department of Economic Development in Abu Dhabi.

Currently, the Abu Dhabi-based international luxury flight services provider Royal Jet flies out of Al Bateen airport, with the rest of the traffic coming from private jets.

The airport claims it is Middle East's only dedicated private jet airport.

"With new development projects under way, Al Bateen looks forward to expanding its services and welcoming more international customers," Mr Al Hammadi said.

New developments in the pipeline include additional hangars for parking and maintenance of aircraft, a car park, VIP lounges, an airport hotel and retail offerings in the lounges.

Plans are also under way for more taxiways leading to the runway.

The airport has two flights daily to Dalma Island and Sir Bani Yas in the Western Region besides a daily flight to Fujairah.

In March, Al Bateen launched aircraft cleaning services by Falcon Aviation Services, which is based at the airport.