Abu Dhabi posts 14% rise in August air passengers

Abu Dhabi Airports Company says passenger numbers reached 1.09m while cargo also rose
Abu Dhabi posts 14% rise in August air passengers
UAE airports, UAE aviation
By Andy Sambidge
Sat 01 Oct 2011 01:49 PM

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) on Saturday reported a 14 percent growth in passenger traffic in August compared to the same month in 2010.

Traffic reached 1.09 million while cargo traffic was also on the rise reaching 39,841 tonnes, an increase of five percent compared to the same month last year.

Abu Dhabi International Airport has been growing by 12.2 percent during the first eight months of 2011, ADAC said in a statement.

London, Jeddah, Doha, Bangkok, and Manila were the top five routes from Abu Dhabi International Airport during the month, generating 21 percent of the total passenger traffic.

The top regions for the month were the Far East, Middle East and Europe with 37 percent, 25 percent and 22 percent growth respectively.

James E Bennett, CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports Company, said: "The continuous increase of Abu Dhabi International Airport's passenger traffic goes in parallel with the growth that the emirate is witnessing in trade, industry and tourism.

"Up to August, we have welcomed eight million passengers through our airport...we continuously monitor the market and the travel trends, to ensure that Abu Dhabi international Airport offers enhanced connectivity and an increased number of destinations and frequencies to all travellers," he added.

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