UAE airports post double digit growth in Sept

Int'l airports in Dubai and Abu Dhabi continue to report big rise in passenger numbers
UAE airports post double digit growth in Sept
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By Andy Sambidge
Tue 30 Oct 2012 05:29 PM

International airports in Dubai and Abu Dhabi on Tuesday posted double digit growth in passenger numbers for September.

Dubai International Airport, the world's fourth busiest aviation hub, saw passenger numbers rise by 12.8 percent while Abu Dhabi International Airport passengers increased by 14.5 percent.

According to operator Dubai Airports, passenger traffic in September surged to reach 4,780,394 compared to 4,236,587 recorded during the same month in 2011.

Year to date traffic has risen by 13.4 percent to 42,565,340 compared to 37,547,744 recorded during the corresponding period last year.

Western Europe recorded the largest increase in total passenger numbers in September, followed by the Indian subcontinent, the GCC and Africa.

Contraction in traffic on Middle Eastern routes continued in September as a result of the ongoing situation in certain parts of the region.

The strongest markets in terms of percentage passenger growth were South America, which more than doubled on the back of new Emirates operations.

Dubai International handled 193,261 tonnes of cargo in September, an increase of 9.1 percent over 177,128 tonnes recorded during the same period in 2011 and marks the highest monthly increase since October 2010.

Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said: "So far it's been a very good year for Dubai Airports and we have had a great start to the last quarter with a rush of travellers attending a number of international events."

Abu Dhabi Airports Company said September passenger traffic increased by 14.5 percent to 1.2 million.

Cargo volume recorded an increase of 24.9 percent last month compared to the same month last year registering 48,525 tonnes.

Ahmad Al Haddabi, chief operating officer at ADAC, said: "This consistent double digit growth in passenger traffic during the month of September indicates that 2012 will be another record year for Abu Dhabi International Airport.

"The increasing attractiveness of Abu Dhabi as a trade and tourism destination is boosting inbound and outbound traffic, while the airport continues to offer efficient connectivity for transfer passengers across all continents."

The top five routes from Abu Dhabi International Airport during September were Bangkok, London, Doha, Manila and Cairo.

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