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Abu Dhabi International Airport Reports 12.4% Growth in August 2009

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 Abu Dhabi’s International Airport recorded a 12.4% increase in aircraft movements, a 6.2% increase in cargo and a 2.5 % increase in total passenger movement in August 2009.

India remained the airport’s largest market with an overall increase in passenger traffic of 8%, whilst Pakistan came second. The UK was the airport’s third largest market for the month, leaving Saudi Arabia in fourth place. Passenger traffic to Australia continued to increase rapidly due to the new Athens-Melbourne connectivity, and became the fifth busiest country destination with a 141% increase over August 2008.

The top five destinations recorded a total of 200,607 passengers, with London in the top spot with 51,757 passengers. Bangkok took second place with 38,828 passengers, whilst Bahrain, Doha and Cairo came in third, fourth and fifth respectively with a total of 101,314 passengers.

The 2nd of August 2009 was the busiest day of the month, recording a total number of 32,090 arriving, departing and transit passengers. The daily average was 28,760 for the month.

Cargo increased 6.2%, largely due to new services by Maximus and China Airlines.

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