x Abu Dhabi, UAE Friday 21 July 2017

Eid and Formula One season boost Abu Dhabi airport traffic

The Abu Dhabi International Airport registered a 10 per cent increase in passenger traffic to 1.211 million last month compared with the same period last year.

Passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport rose 10 per cent last month to 1.211 million, the Abu Dhabi Airports Company said today.

Aircraft movements increased by 7.9 per cent reaching to 10,711. Cargo traffic figures were also on the rise with over 49,896 tonnes of freight handled throughout the month, 18 per cent higher compared with the same period last year.

The capital's airport in October recorded a 17.3 per cent surge in passenger traffic, boosted by the Haj and Eid season and the start of the Formula One season. Cargo traffic also the rose 18.4 per cent, with over 52,777 tonnes of freight handled throughout the month.

Ahmad Al Haddabi, the chief operations officer of Adac, said:"As we approach the end of the year, it is apparent that 2012 will continue to maintain the growth trend in passenger traffic witnessed in the past years at Abu Dhabi International Airport, as shown by the 19.3 per cent increase in passengers passing through the airport in the last 11 months compared with the same period in 2011, reaching 13.4 million passengers."

"Such figures are an indication as to the position of the capital's airport as a major international aviation hub. Adac looks forward to sustaining this dynamic growth, and to continue providing passengers with award-winning customer service combined with a high level of efficient and safe operations."

Bangkok, Doha, London Heathrow, Manila and Bahrain were the top five routes last month, collectively comprising 21 per cent of the total passenger traffic.

* Wam