By Andy Sambidge
Airport operator says London Heathrow, Doha, Manila, Bangkok and Jeddah are top routes during month
Abu Dhabi International Airport registered a 21.7 percent increase in passenger traffic in July, its operator said on Tuesday.
Abu Dhabi Airports said in a statement that a total of 1,703,995 passengers passed through Abu Dhabi International Airport in July, compared with 1,399,695 in the same month of 2013.
In July, the top five routes from Abu Dhabi International Airport were London Heathrow, Doha, Manila, Bangkok and Jeddah accounting for 15 percent of all traffic.
Aircraft movements reached 13,188, representing a 16.1 percent increase over the 11,355 movements reported in July 2013, the statement said.
It added that cargo activity was also on the rise in July recording 67,456 tonnes handled, a 5.7 percent increase compared to the same month last year.
Ahmad Al Haddabi, chief operations officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: "The rate at which passenger numbers are increasing year on year continues to follow a significant upward trend.
"Looking at July more specifically, the figures were boosted by the Eid Al Fitr holiday as well as summer holiday season. July also saw Etihad Airways commence their new services to Yerevan in Armenia and to Perth in Australia."
He added: "Our challenge is to manage this growth whilst at the same time ensuring that standards of service, safety and security remain consistently high, helping us achieve our goal to become the world's leading airports group.
"The Midfield Terminal Complex, which is being built to meet this increasing growth, continues to progress on schedule and as each day passes the project resembles more closely what it will look like once completed."