By Sarah Townsend
Two million passengers passed through Abu Dhabi airport in August 2015
Abu Dhabi International Airport recorded its highest ever passenger traffic in August, the company said on Sunday.
Two million passengers passed through the airport in August – a 17.4 percent increase since the same month in 2014 when 1.9 million passengers were recorded.
The figure marks a new record for the airport for the second consecutive month this year.
Abu Dhabi Airports COO Ahmad Al Haddabi said: “In the month of August we registered another record number in passenger figures at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
“For the second time ever we witnessed over two million passengers travelling through AUH in a single month. This spike in traffic is attributable to many residents returning home to the UAE from vacations, ahead of the beginning of the school year.
“Abu Dhabi is also increasingly being seen as a preferred tourism and business destination and this contributes directly to the growth we’re seeing year on year.”
Cargo activity also rose last month, the company said, to 70,857 metric tons, representing seven percent growth from the same period last year.
Al Haddabi said the airport is working to upgrade facilities to manage increased passenger and freight traffic.
“Abu Dhabi Airports has been implementing several initiatives to ensure that the airport continues to provide the facilities and services needed to manage the increased passenger and aircraft traffic.
“We are also paying extra attention to the peak travel season when passenger flow reaches its heights and the airport welcomes on average 70,000 passengers per day.”
The top five routes from Abu Dhabi International Airport in August 2015 were London, Bangkok, Doha, Manila, and Bombay. They accounted for 15 percent of all traffic, the company said.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.