By Andy Sambidge
Top five destinations for passengers from Abu Dhabi were India, Germany, UK, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia
Around 20 million air passengers used Abu Dhabi International Airport during 2014, representing a 20 percent increase on the previous year and a record year for the airport, it was announced on Saturday.
Operator Abu Dhabi Airports also said in a statement that the airport handled 154,821 traffic movements, up 14.5 percent compared to 2013 while cargo throughput rose 12.8 percent year on year, reaching 797,069 million tonnes.
The top five destinations for passengers from Abu Dhabi were India, Germany, United Kingdom, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
Ali Majed Al Mansoori, chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: " Abu Dhabi Airports is playing a fundamental role in supporting the drive by the emirate of Abu Dhabi to grow its global position as a key player in various dynamic industries, including aviation.
"The continuing growth in passenger numbers translates this ambition as it strengthens Abu Dhabi's position as a growing global transportation hub."
The statement said in 2014 two new airlines joined Abu Dhabi International Airport - the Greek Aegean Airline and Nikki Airways from Austria, and a further 12 new destinations were added during the year.
Last month, the airport re-opened its newly renovated Southern Runway as part of its expansion plans in preparation for the Midfield Terminal Complex (MTC) becoming operational in 2017.
Figures for the month of December 2014 showed that the airport ended the year on a high note with passenger traffic up 21.7 percent with 1,833,868 million travellers.
Cargo tonnage was up 5.6 percent to 69,736 tonnes while the number of aircraft movements rose by 17 percent to 14,105 movements. December was the airport's second busiest month of the year after August.
Al Mansoori added: "2014 was also a year of remarkable development as much as it was a year of growth as we focused on enhancing our facilities to keep in stride with the fast pace of growth and to offer a world class travelling experience to the passengers."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.