By Ed Attwood
Passenger numbers up while aircraft movements rise by 13%, cargo by 17%.
Passenger traffic at the UAE capital’s airport increased by 17.2 percent in February, the Abu Dhabi Airports Company announced on Sunday.
Aircraft movements were up by 13.3 percent, and Bangkok became the airport’s busiest destination, pushing London into second place.
Doha, Bahrain and Manila were the third, fourth and fifth busiest destinations, respectively.
Freight tonnage rose by an even more impressive 17.6 percent. The same period last year saw the airport’s cargo tonnage drop by 2.1 percent.
“From the start of this year, we have seen encouraging results as Abu Dhabi International Airport continues to grow steadily and strongly,” said Ahmed Al Haddabi, senior vice president of airport operations, ADAC.
“As such ADAC remains focused on enhancing the facilities and services we offer to our passengers, committed to attracting new airlines, and ensuring we can facilitate the growing number of visitors to and from the UAE capital in 2010.”