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Abu Dhabi Int'l passenger numbers soar 20% in January

Airport operator says more than 1.5m people use airport last month while cargo volumes rise by 11%

Abu Dhabi Int'l passenger numbers soar 20% in January

Passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport increased by more than 20 percent in January, according to new data released by its operator.

Abu Dhabi Airports said a total of 1,887,631 passengers passed through the international airport during the month, compared to 1,564,266 in January 2014.

The top five routes from Abu Dhabi International Airport were Bangkok, London, Doha, Manila and Jeddah which accounted for 16 percent of all traffic last month.

It added in a statement that there were 14,128 aircraft movements in January, which was an 18 percent increase over the year-earlier figure of 11,972.

Cargo activity comprised 64,479 tonnes handled at the airport's three terminals last month, an 11 percent increase when compared to January 2014.

Ahmad Al Haddabi, chief operations officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: "Air traffic and passenger movement continue to present a strong growth trend as forecasted for 2015 for Abu Dhabi, and the UAE and the region at large.

"This is a critical phase for the capital's airport with its capacity being challenged every day, and Abu Dhabi Airports will continue to demonstrate diligence and commitment in delivering on its promise to provide passengers with a unique travel experience."

He said 2015 will mark several developments at Abu Dhabi International Airport, which will include airfield lighting system's upgrade, additional aircraft stands and enhancements at its terminals.

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