Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) has so far
recorded a 7% increase in passengers over the course of 2009, and
for the month of October 2009, a 2.8% increase in passengers and
24.3% increase in cargo against the month of October 2008.
The extraordinary circumstances
provided by the inaugural Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi
Grand Prix 2009 event, pushed traffic levels over the three
race-days to an +18% increase, against the same
dates last year.
The F1 weekend also had a
significant impact on cargo figures recorded, for the month, due
to the high volume of F1-related collateral shipped by air freight
to facilitate this world-class sporting event.
start of Etihad’s daily service to Chicago, and the launch of
Jazeera Airways’ double daily service between Abu Dhabi and Kuwait
also factored into the continuing growth in traffic.
Passenger numbers from India, Abu Dhabi International’s
largest single market, continued to rise in October, with a 6.6%
increase; the UK moving up a place to become the airport’s second
largest market, for the month, having posted a 13.3% increase in
traffic. Pakistan retained a leading position, in the number three
slot, with the Saudi market in fourth.
“The inaugural Formula 1 Etihad Airways
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2009 was a fantastic result for all our teams
at Abu Dhabi International Airport and Al Bateen Executive
Airport, and clearly demonstrated ADAC’s operational abilities are
complemented by its offering of world-class facilities and
infrastructure, across the board,” said Ahmed Al Haddabi, Senior
Vice President of Airport Operations at ADAC. “We are delighted to see such
strong growth throughout the year, and will continue to work with
our partners throughout the industry to maintain and promote this
momentum, whether it is through the launching of new routes,
airport facilities or passenger support systems.”
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