Abu Dhabi posts 12.6% rise in passengers in H1

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Passenger numbers at Abu Dhabi International Airport rose 12.6 percent in the first half of 2013 compared to the same period last year, its operator said on Sunday.

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) said the airport welcomed more than 7.9 million passengers during the first six months of the year.

In a statement it also said 65,072 flights were recorded, representing a 10.4 percent increase compared to the same period last year.

Cargo traffic also increased in the first half of 2013, with 325,737 tonnes of cargo passing through the airport, a 21.5 percent increase, ADAC added.

Ahmad Al Haddabi, chief operations officer at ADAC, said: "The continuous significant growth that Abu Dhabi International Airport has been recording is directly impacted by the aggressive expansion plans of the hub carrier, Etihad Airways, and the increase in the number of partnerships with international carriers.

"This is a reflection of Abu Dhabi's appeal not just as a leisure and business destination but also as an aviation hub.

"We look forward to further growth and will continue to invest in Abu Dhabi International Airport over the coming years to ensure world-class service and optimal efficiency for all our passengers and partners."

Bangkok, London Heathrow, Doha, Jeddah and Manila were the top five destinations that registered the highest passenger traffic during the first half of this year.

India recorded the highest traffic for the first six months of 2013, with traffic growing by 18 percent over the same period last year, followed by Saudi Arabia, Germany, Thailand and the UK.

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