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Abu Dhabi airport posts 10% growth in November

A total of 1.2 million passengers use facilities; cargo volumes also increase by 18%

Abu Dhabi airport posts 10% growth in November

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) said on Monday that the number of passengers using Abu Dhabi International Airport in November rose 10 percent compared to the same period in 2011.

A total of 1,211,464 passengers used the facilities last month while aircraft movements increased by 7.9 percent reaching 10,711.

Cargo traffic figures were also on the rise, with over 49,896 tonnes of freight handled throughout the month, recording an 18 percent increase, ADAC added.

The double-digit growth in November continued the strong performance seen at Abu Dhabi International Airport in 2012 and followed a 17.3 percent surge in the previous month.

Commenting on the airport's performance, Ahmad Al Haddabi, 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.

He said year-to-date figures revealed a 19.3 percent increase in passengers compared to 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," he added.

Bangkok, Doha, London, Manila and Bahrain were the top five routes for November, collectively claiming 21 percent of the total passenger traffic for the month.

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