By Rob Morris
More passengers used ADAC's international airport in first 6 months of 2009.
Abu Dhabi airport reported healthy traffic during this year’s opening half, despite adverse economic conditions hitting most global hubs during the same period.
From January to June, the airport’s passenger numbers were up 8.1 percent to 4,603,675 compared with the same period in 2008, hub operator Abu Dhabi Airports Company revealed on Saturday.
June saw a 7.9 percent increase, with a daily average of 26,966 passengers travelling through the hub during the month. Meanwhile, aircraft movements increased by 15.2 percent.
Mohammed Al Bulooki, vice president of airline marketing and aeronautical revenue, said Etihad Airways’ new flights to Athens, Istanbul and Larnaca had contributed to the traffic increase. He added further services from Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa were also factors.
“This year has been a challenging year for the aviation industry; we are glad to see airlines, airports and the whole aviation industry work together in sustaining and growing the business,” he said.
“In spite of the current global economic downturn, Abu Dhabi International Airport continues to record growth and defy the negative market trends. We continue to invest in the quality of our services and our facilities, which ensures we are poised and ready to act when the market makes its recovery.”
India provided the most traffic, with a 12.5 percent year-on-year increase for June. Pakistan registered a 7.6 percent rise last month, with Saudi Arabia the airports’ third largest market.
London remained the airport’s busiest destination in June, accounting for 41,748 passengers. Doha and Bangkok were next, with 34,399 and 29,930 passengers respectively, while Jeddah and Manila ranked fourth and fifth.