UAE flights rise 9% in Q1, by 14% in March

General Civil Aviation Authority chief says growth continues despite impact of regional unrest
Dubai International Airport. (Getty Images)
By Andy Sambidge
Fri 15 Apr 2011 11:56 AM

Aircraft movements in the UAE rose nearly nine percent in the first quarter of 2011, compared to the same period the previous year.

The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) said in a statement total flights reached 167,221, compared to 153,387.

The GCAA also said high growth rates were seen in March when aircraft movements rose by almost 14 percent.

The average daily air traffic movements in March were 1,889, representing an increase of 8.9 percent when compared to the 1,734 reported in the same period last year.

Dubai ranked first with 26,276 aircraft, or 44.9 percent of the March total. Over flights numbered 12,547 while Abu Dhabi ranked third with 8,310 flights.

Saif Mohammad Al Suwaidi, director general of the GCAA, said: "Air operations in the UAE saw significant growth in the first quarter of 2011.

"In spite of the current conflicts in the region, the UAE achieved a growth of nine percent. This highlights the success of the UAE in maintaining high level of stability amid the current conditions and challenges."

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