In January 2009 Abu Dhabi International Airport
recorded a healthy 10% rise in passenger traffic over the same month
Only a month earlier, Abu Dhabi International
Airport passed a significant milestone by handling over nine
million passengers in 2008 (an airport record), having exceeded
conservative expectations over the previous two years with an
unparalleled, 30-plus percentile growth rate.
“We have said all along that, even during
buoyant market conditions, growth rates such as we have seen
[+30%] over the last two years were not sustainable indefinitely,
but we are pleased that, in light of the added challenge of the
global economic slow down, we remain an airport of choice and have
continued to realise double-digit growth,” said Khalifa Al
Mazrouei, Chairman and Managing Director of ADAC.
The trailing 12 month figures, however, did
point to growth rates that have been more familiar to Abu Dhabi
International Airport over the last few years with a 27.8%
increase in traffic – 9.1m passengers by the close of the month
versus 7.1m on 31 January 2008.
Cargo for January recovered from a slight
decline in the previous month by posting a 2% increase on last
year’s tonnage; aircraft movements were also up by 2.8%. TTM
figures for both cargo and aircraft movements showed a respective
11.2 and 11.7% increase.
The top five most popular city destinations
travelled to from Abu Dhabi, in January 2009, which were: Doha
(first), London, Cairo, Bangkok and Bahrain. These destinations
accounted for 16.9% of all traffic through Abu Dhabi International
Airport in January.
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