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Abu Dhabi's private jet airport sees 40% growth in H1

Al Bateen Executive Airport sees more than 4,500 commercial aircraft movements from Jan-June

Abu Dhabi's private jet airport sees 40% growth in H1

Al Bateen Executive Airport, Abu Dhabi's private jet airport, saw a near-40 percent growth in the number of flights in the first half of 2011, its operator said on Monday.

Abu Dhabi Airports Company announced the "significant growth" which follows the recent addition of Al Bateen's fifth operator, Rotana Jet, which launched operations with a Gulfstream G450 jet in early 2011.

Commercial movements also witnessed an overall 12 percent growth for the period from January to June 2011 versus the same period in 2010.

This equates to more than 4,500 commercial movements for the first half of the year.

Stephen Jones, general manager at Al Bateen Executive Airport, said: "Al Bateen is seeing outstanding performance in the growth of business jet movements, especially from visiting aircraft and new operators that have not used the airport before.

"Traffic will continue to grow as more business aircraft operators such as Rotana Jet, will be basing aircraft at ADAC's dedicated business aviation airport."

In a sign that private aviation in the UAE has recovered from a two-year slump, the airport posted a 36 percent rise in aviation movements in 2010.

The only private airport in the world whose technical capabilities are on par with commercial airports, it opened in 2008 and unveiled its revamped technological capabilities in December as the industry struggled to get back on its feet after a post-recession downturn left charter limping.

In January, Al Bateen reduced its landing fees by 35 percent and parking fees by 17 percent in an attempt to lure more traffic.

Airport traffic has increased on the back of high-profile Abu Dhabi events, including the providing of free landing and parking services during the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Grand Prix in November.

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