Abu Dhabi sees 11.7% rise in air passengers in H1

London, Bangkok and Manila among the top routes from Abu Dhabi International Airport
Abu Dhabi sees 11.7% rise in air passengers in H1
Abu Dhabi International Airport
By Andy Sambidge
Wed 10 Aug 2011 06:40 PM

Abu Dhabi international Airport registered a near-12 percent increase in passengers during the first half of 2011 compared to the same period last year, its operator said on Wednesday.

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) said 5,742,283 passengers passed through the UAE capital's airport between January to June 2011, an 11.7 percent increase.

Aircraft movements also grew  by 3.5 percent compared with the first half of last year, with a total of 56,888 flights taking place at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

ADAC also reported a steady growth in cargo throughput as volumes reached a total of 231,733 tonnes in the first half of 2011, registering a 10.4 percent rise versus that of the same period in 2010.

Ahmed Al Haddabi, chief operating officer at ADAC, said: "Abu Dhabi International Airport continues to enjoy a healthy and steady growth in passenger numbers as the Emirate of Abu Dhabi continues to grow as a major business and leisure destination internationally.

"ADAC is working relentlessly to support this trend and drive it a step further by carrying out more improvements and developments at the airport, as it aims to deliver the best services to travellers ensuring the best in speed, comfort and satisfaction."

ADAC's report revealed that the top routes from Abu Dhabi during the first half of this year were London, Bangkok, Manila, Doha and Jeddah, generating collectively 20 percent of the total traffic.

The Far East achieved a 40 percent share of passenger movements, followed by the Middle East with 26 percent and Europe with 20 percent during the same period.

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