By Andy Sambidge
Cargo movements also increase, up 19.4% compared to same month in 2009.
Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) on Wednesday said it saw a 12.2 percent increase in passenger traffic in May, compared to the same month last year.
Cargo movements showed a 19.4 percent increase for the same period, while the airport recorded a 12.4 percent lift in aircraft movements.
The top five destinations together recorded a passenger total of 159,609, or 19.2 percent of all passengers travelling through Abu Dhabi International Airport, the company said in a statement.
Manila took the top spot for the first time, followed by London in second place and Doha in third. Bangkok, affected by the recent political unrest, dropped to fourth place, with Bahrain in fifth place.
Ahmed Al Haddabi, senior vice president of Airport Operations, ADAC, said: “We continue to see double digit growth at Abu Dhabi International Airport affected mainly by the increase of traffic to major regions, where North America becomes the number one region with a growth of 104 percent in May 2010 compared with its profile of the same period last year.
"Africa comes in second with 58 percent increase and Europe takes the third place with 16 percent increase.
"We do expect such growth to continue as we continue to add new routes and airlines to Abu Dhabi international.”