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Abu Dhabi sets trio of annual records

Abu Dhabi Airports has reported a year of "solid growth" in 2014, setting new annual records in passenger figures, aircraft and freight traffic.

During 2014, the airport welcomed around 20 million inbound, outbound and transfer passengers, representing an annual growth of 20% - the highest ever in Abu Dhabi International Airport’s history.

The gateway handled 154,821 traffic movements, up 14.5% compared to last year, while cargo throughput rose 12.8% year-on-year, reaching 797,069 million tonnes.

H.E. Ali Majed Al Mansoori, chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports, says: “Abu Dhabi Airports is playing a fundamental role in supporting the drive by the emirate of Abu Dhabi to grow its global position as a key player in various dynamic industries, including aviation, both through offering excellent services for passengers, and by increasing capacity to meet the continuing growth in demand.

“The continuing growth in passenger numbers translates this ambition as it strengthens Abu Dhabi’s position as a growing global transportation hub.

“Travellers are increasingly choosing to make Abu Dhabi their final destination or stopping point, whether for business or for pleasure, and we will maintain our commitment to improving their experience at Abu Dhabi International Airport, applying imagination and innovation to everything we do.

“This will be seen in all of our operations, not least in the Midfield Terminal Project, which is making excellent progress towards its opening in 2017.” 

Last month, the airport re-opened its newly renovated Southern Runway as part of its expansion plans in preparation for the iconic Midfield Terminal Complex (MTC) becoming operational in 2017.

The Southern Runway is now fully functional alongside the parallel Northern Runway. Together, both runways will reach a total combined capacity in excess of 500,000 aircraft movements annually making Abu Dhabi one of the largest two-runway operations in the world.

Figures for the month of December 2014 show that the airport ended the year on a high note with passenger traffic up 21.7% with 1,833,868 million travellers compared to December 2013, and cargo tonnage up 5.6% to 69,736 tonnes.

The number of aircraft movements went up by 17% to 14,105 movements, and December was the airport’s second busiest month of the year following August 2014.

Al Mansoori adds: “2014 was also a year of remarkable development as much as it was a year of growth as we focused on enhancing our facilities to keep in stride with the fast pace of growth and to offer a world class travelling experience to the passengers.”

These infrastructure developments form part of the Capacity Enhancement Programme (CEP) for Abu Dhabi International Airport, and capacity will be boosted further by 30 million passengers when the Midfield Terminal is fully operational.

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