July 2009 traffic figures for Abu Dhabi
International Airport show strong passenger growth in spite
of the economic downturn and other issues.
A total of 923,124 people travelled through the
airport in the month of July 2009. This was a 10.3% increase over
the same month in 2008 which registered 837,129 passengers.
London emerged as the busiest destination in July with
50,900 passengers, followed by Bangkok with 40,465 passengers.
Doha took third place with 37,361.
In fourth and fifth place came
Cairo and Bahrain with 36,108 and 35,773 passengers respectively.
These top five destinations together accounted for 21.7%
of all traffic through the airport.
substantial increase in traffic can be attributed to the start of
school holidays as well as the growing range of choice available
to passengers at Abu Dhabi International Airport, with new routes
launched by Etihad to destinations including Athens, Larnaca and
Istanbul, increased frequencies, and new airlines such as Bahrain
Air, Sun Air, Jat Airways, Safi Airways and Elite Aviation/Blue
Wings establishing routes from the airport.
remained the largest market and the primary driver of traffic
growth with 18.9% increase in passengers, whilst Pakistan
retained its second place. The UK was the airport’s third largest
Australia continued its rapid passenger
growth with an increase of 133.7% as a result of increased
frequencies and the new Athens – Melbourne connectivity.
Traffic peaked on 30 July with 32,895
passengers arriving, departing and transferring through
the airport, whilst the daily average was 29,779.
Mohammed Al Bulooki, ADAC’s Vice
President of Airline Marketing and Aeronautical Revenue, said, “While the outlook for our industry remains
subdued, Abu Dhabi International Airport continues to achieve
impressive growth. We are benefiting from strong market
fundamentals in Abu Dhabi and the stable economy. July was a
fantastic record breaking month for the airport and we look
forward to continued progress towards our goal of becoming a
global destination for commerce and tourism.”
There was also good news for cargo movements which grew by 2.5% compared to the same time last year, and for cargo flight
loads which recorded a 6.1% growth as a result of the
significant increase of Expert Commercial Agencies and China
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