By Elsa Baxter
Growing popularity of the event around the world increases visitors to the emirate
Arrivals at Abu Dhabi International Airport in the week prior to the Formula 1 Grand Prix rose by 16 percent compared to the same week in 2009, official figures show.
Growth was also recorded at Al Bateen Executive Airport, the dedicated business airport also operated by Abu Dhabi Airports Company, with aircraft movements up 17 percent compared to last year.
ADAC said in a statement the increases were “a clear indication of the international awareness of the event and its success in attracting visitors to the emirate.”
The firm added that increased flight frequencies and destinations served from Abu Dhabi International Airport this year had also played a “significant” role in boosting passenger numbers.
Al Bateen Executive Airport registered peak days on November 13 and 14, the day before the Grand Prix and the race day itself.
Abu Dhabi Airports Company is a public joint-stock company wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi government.
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