New routes boost passenger traffic by 15.5% at Abu Dhabi Int’l Airport

The airport’s passenger statistics showed that 1,871,337 passengers used the airport during the month, growing from 1,620,324 in April 2014.



By Staff Report

Published: Thu 11 Jun 2015, 11:57 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 2:45 PM

Abu Dhabi - The passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport increased by 15.5 per cent year-on-year, as Etihad Airways expanded to four new destinations.

The airport’s passenger statistics showed that 1,871,337 passengers used the airport during the month, growing from 1,620,324 in April 2014. Growth was generated by the increased flights operations by Etihad Airways’ new partner airlines namely airberlin, Jet Airways and Air Seychelles to cater for high demand during the holiday season.

Four new routes to Madrid, Pune, Vince and Entebbe in Uganda were added by Etihad Airways and Alitalia and the increase in the number of flights to Jeddah for the Omrah season presented by Saudi Airline.

South African Airways launching the inaugural route to Johannesburg in March had a positive impact. Aircraft movements increased to 14,211 in April 2015, recording 14.4 per cent growth, while cargo handling activity rose to 71,650 tonnes representing a 19.3 per cent increase when compared to 60,059 tonnes in April 2014. Commenting on the latest passenger figures, Engineer Ahmad Al Haddabi, chief operations officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “Abu Dhabi International Airport continues to maintain double-digit growth in passenger traffic, aircraft movement and cargo activity every month, making the airport one of the fastest growing aviation hubs in the world.”

“We continue to focus on ensuring that the passenger’s journey begins and ends as smoothly and comfortably as possible through striving towards delivering optimum services and facilities,” Al Haddabi added. In April 2015, the top five routes from Abu Dhabi International Airport were London Heathrow, Bangkok, Manila, Doha and Mumbai. The top five routes accounted for 16 per cent of all traffic last month.

          — haseeb@khaleejtimes.com


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