Adac sees 12.6% increase in first-half traffic

The Abu Dhabi Airports Company, or Adac, on Sunday released its traffic performance results for the first half of 2013, revealing strong double-digit growth of 12.6 per cent in passenger traffic between January and June 2013, compared to the same period last year.

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Published: Mon 29 Jul 2013, 10:37 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 9:43 AM

Abu Dhabi International Airport welcomed almost eight million passengers and over 65,000 flights during the first six months of the year. — KT file photo

During the first six months, the airport welcomed 7,941,922 passengers and 65,072 flights, representing a 10.4 per cent increase in aircraft movement compared to the same period last year. Cargo traffic also increased in the first half of 2013, with 325,737 tonnes of cargo passing through the airport, a 21.5 per cent increase compared to the first six months of 2012.

“The continuous significant growth that Abu Dhabi International Airport has been recording is directly impacted by the aggressive expansion plans of the hub carrier, Etihad Airways, and the increase in the number of partnerships with international carriers. This is a reflection of Abu Dhabi’s appeal not just as a leisure and business destination but also as an aviation hub,” Ahmad Al Haddabi, chief operations officer at the Adac, said.

“We look forward to further growth and will continue to invest in Abu Dhabi International Airport over the coming years to ensure world-class service and optimal efficiency for all our passengers and partners,” he added.

Bangkok, London Heathrow, Doha, Jeddah and Manila were the top five destinations that registered the highest passenger traffic during the first half of this year from Abu Dhabi International Airport.

India recorded the highest traffic for the first six months of 2013, with traffic growing by 18 per cent over the same period last year, followed by Saudi Arabia, Germany, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

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