x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Double-digit growth for Abu Dhabi airport

More than 5.2 million passengers arrived at Abu Dhabi International Airport in the first four months of this year.

More than 5.2 million passengers arrived at Abu Dhabi International Airport in the first four months of this year.

The numbers represent a 14 per cent increase in passenger traffic compared with the same period last year, the Abu Dhabi Aiports Company (Adac) said yesterday.

"As the capital's airport continues to register double-digit growth in passenger traffic, Adac will continue to invest in Abu Dhabi International Airport in order to provide the infrastructure necessary to ensure world-class service and optimal efficiency for all passengers and partners, while supporting the growth of Abu Dhabi as an international hub," said Ahmad Al Haddabi, Adac's chief operations officer.

The rise, between January and April this year, came mainly from passengers arriving from India, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Pakistan, said Adac. Over the same period, the airport welcomed 42,735 flights, representing a 9.5 per cent increase compared with the first four months of last year.

Cargo traffic also increased with 209,880 tonnes of cargo passing through the airport, representing a 20.2 per cent increase compared withlast year's first four months.

The highest growth was in March and April, when the airport received more than 1.3 million passengers in each month, representing growth of 15 per cent for March, and 8.6 per cent growth for April, compared with the same months last year.

The airport handled more than 10,000 aircraft movements in both months, equal to a 10 per cent increase in March and a 7.9 per cent increase in April compared with last year.

In 2013, cargo volume reached 59,474 tonnes in March, representing a 25.6 per cent increase, while in April volumes reached 51,511 tonnes, representing a 7.9 per cent increase, against the same months last year.

 

dblack@thenational