In March 2009, Abu Dhabi International Airport recorded an overall passenger increase of 7.9% compared to
the same month in the previous year, and a daily average of 24,833
passengers. Aircraft movements also increased by 4.5%.
For the first time, London has taken the top position as Abu
Dhabi’s busiest route, with Doha coming a close second. Bangkok ranked
third in spite of the recent political unrest, whilst Cairo came in
fourth place. Bahrain was the airport’s fifth busiest destination for
the month, boosted by the arrival of Bahrain Air on 30 March at Abu
Dhabi International Airport.
The Indian subcontinent saw
the strongest growth, driven by Etihad’s growing capacity to South India
and increased weekly frequencies. Traffic to and from India increased by
32% whilst Pakistan traffic grew 12.7%, making it the
largest and second largest markets respectively. The UK remains Abu
Dhabi’s third largest market with The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia a close
fourth. Strong traffic growth was also registered for Lebanon, up 20.7%.
Mohammed Al Bulooki, Vice President of Airline
Marketing and Aeronautical Revenue, Abu Dhabi Airports Company,
said, “We are happy
to say our passenger figures are still growing. Naturally, attracting
new airlines contributes to this growth, however we believe the
excitement and interest in Abu Dhabi that exists within international
markets drives a large part of the growth. With many exciting new
developments to look forward to and with the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority
(ADTA) predicting an increase in capacity for tourism, with 4,000 new
hotel rooms coming online in 2009, we expect Abu Dhabi’s popularity as a
destination for commerce and tourism to continue to increase. All of
this contributes to our expansion plan to increase capacity and improve
our facilities at Abu Dhabi International Airport.”
volumes increased by a massive 39.9%, led by the increase in
mail volume to the USA and Australia, and cargo movements made a modest
increase of 2% in March.
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