By Andy Sambidge
Airport operator says more than 1.7m people used airport last month while cargo volumes rise by 12.6%
Abu Dhabi International Airport registered a 21.5 percent increase in passenger traffic in February, its operator said on Monday.
Abu Dhabi Airports announced that a total of 1,715,540 passengers passed through the airport during the month, compared to 1,411,881 in February 2014.
It said the top five routes from Abu Dhabi International Airport were Bangkok, London Heathrow, Manila, Doha and Jeddah. The top five routes accounted for 16 percent of all traffic last month.
It added in a statement that there were 12,852 aircraft movements last month, which was a 15 percent increase over February 2014's figure of 11,174.
Cargo activity comprised 64,067 tonnes handled at the airport's three terminals in February, a 12.6 percent increase when compared to February 2014.
Ahmad Al Haddabi, chief operations officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: "The monthly traffic figures continue to match the long term forecasts of growth in passenger numbers, with airlines connecting a growing number of new destinations with Abu Dhabi International Airport.
"Against this backdrop, we are working tirelessly to upgrade our existing infrastructure to meet this sustained increase in demand and make sure that when passengers spend time at the airport, they enjoy the experience in a comfortable environment.
"The latest phase of this upgrade was the recently announced Terminal 1 expansion which is already having a positive effect on passenger flows and efficiencies at the whole airport."
This is great for AUH but the experience itself is getting worse and worse. I regularly transit through AUH and even as a premium traveller am faced with horrific congestion to get through security. I like Etihad very much but the AUH experience is going to frighten many people away.