Passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport continues to rise – climbing 15% in the third quarter of 2011 to 3.3 million.
The UAE’s capital city gateway enjoyed a record breaking September, handling over one million passengers (+17%) during the month for the first time.
The upturn was mainly driven by Eid and summer holidays, Omra, the inauguration of new airlines and the frequency increases and new destinations introduced by hub carrier, Etihad Airways, and other airlines.
Cargo volumes presented a parallel growth to that of passenger traffic with a recorded 10.8% increase in the month of September alone, and a further 7% increase over the July-September 2011 period, compared with same periods last year.
Commenting on results, Ahmad Al Haddabi, chief operating officer of Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), said: “The increase in passenger traffic is certainly a positive economic indicator for the UAE and the region.
“It is especially encouraging that we are seeing sustained growth throughout the year.”
Top five routes in the third quarter of 2011 include London, Bangkok, Doha, Jeddah, and Manila.
The latest figures mean that Abu Dhabi International Airport recorded a 13% rise in passengers and a 9% increase in cargo volumes during the first nine months of the year.
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