UAE's executive airport sees 18% rise in aircraft movements

Al Bateen Airport sees increase in traffic during Q1 as private jet use continues to grow
By Andy Sambidge
Mon 11 Apr 2011 08:55 PM

Al Bateen Executive Airport, the Gulf region's only dedicated private aviation airport, on Monday announced an 18 percent increase in commercial aircraft movements in the first quarter of 2011.

The executive airport, operated by Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), continued to register high double digit growth in its commercial traffic from both based and visiting aircraft operators, the company said in a statement.

Stephen Jones, general manager of Al Bateen Executive Airport, said: "We continue to see the growth trends of 2010 being carried through to this year."

Al Bateen registered 15 new visiting aircraft operators in March 2011 alone, while based operators continued to take delivery of new aircraft, he added.

Falcon Aviation Services, the largest of the based operators at Al Bateen, registered an increase in Q1 traffic of more than eight percent versus the same period in 2010.

In addition to the private jet activities, Falcon also conducted several hundred helicopter movements at Bateen across its offshore, private and tourism/charter sectors during Q1.

Developments to infrastructure and services at Al Bateen Executive Airport will be unveiled at the European Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva next month, Jones added.

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