By Staff writer
Abu Dhabi International Airport recorded an 18% rise in overall passenger traffic over the first three quarters of the year
Abu Dhabi International Airport recorded it an 18 percent increase in passenger traffic over the first three quarters of the year, with the sharp rise in traffic from the US.
A total of 17,473,063 passengers passed through the UAE capital's airport and the top ten busiest routes for the first nine months of this year included the UK, USA, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Qatar, Thailand and Germany. Total aircraft traffic movements amounted to 129,703, up 14.3 percent over the same period lat year.
Eng. Ahmad Al Haddabi, chief operations officer at Abu Dhabi Airports said: “2015 has been a big growth year for us. September was another very busy month and the third consecutive month in which we welcomed over two million passengers. Increased global connectivity continues to be an important contributor to our overall success, and we are seeing a dramatic boost in demand across the vast majority of destinations served from AUH.”
Year-to-date growth on specific routes included a 44 percent increase in passengers travelling between Abu Dhabi and the USA, a 27.3 percent surge in traffic to and from Australia, and 24.8 percent and 17.2 percent rise on flights between the UK and Germany respectively.
The airport moved 621,191 metric tons of cargo during the first nine months of the year, with overall cargo traffic up 7.2 percent.
The surge in US traffic comes as three major American carriers Delta, American and United - through the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies alliance - have asked the US government to open consultations with Qatar and the UAE to address the issue of government subsidies being given to Dubai's Emirates Airline, Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways, which they claim total $42 billion. All the Gulf carriers strongly deny the subsidy claims.
Great news for the Airport & Etihad but an absolute nightmare for the passengers as the Airport just cannot handle all the people and getting through passport control is a joke