By Staff writer
Airport operator says total of 11.8 million passengers are recorded in first six months of 2016
Passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport rose 6.6 percent in the first half of 2016 compared to the year-earlier period, according to its operator.
Abu Dhabi Airports said in a statement that total traffic for January to June reached 11,848,359 passengers, compared to 11,111,577 in the first six months of 2015.
The number of people passing through Terminal 1 saw the largest increase, reaching 4,790,469 — a 22 percent growth from 3,918,322 in 2015, it added.
The statement said the most popular destination in June was Mumbai with a 26 percent rise in traffic to the Indian destination compared to the same month last year.
Traffic to and from Doha and Jeddah both grew by 12 percent in June, with passengers increasing from 53,912 to 60,395, and 52,342 to 58,816, respectively.
Abdul Majeed Al Khoori, acting CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “January and March have been the busiest period for Abu Dhabi International Airport in the first half of the year, with passenger traffic crossing two million in both of these months.
"We are encouraged by the figures from the six months of 2016, which demonstrate continued growth year-on-year. Consistent increases in passenger traffic are to be expected given Abu Dhabi’s status as an international hub for commerce and tourism, as well as being a bustling transit point.”