The airports recorded 94,538 flights during the period. Image Credit: WAM

Abu Dhabi Airports, the operator of the five airports in the emirate, on Wednesday released its passenger traffic report for the first half of 2022.

Passenger traffic stood at 6,299,725 across Abu Dhabi International, Al Ain International, Al Bateen Executive, Delma and Sir Bani Yas Island airports between January 1 and June 30, 2022.

The airports also recorded 94,538 flights in H1 2022 in a clear demonstration of substantial network and passenger traffic growth while maintaining the highest levels of operational excellence.

At Abu Dhabi International (AUH), the number of scheduled passenger flights increased by 94 per cent compared to the first half of 2021. AUH today connects to 101 scheduled passenger destinations served by 23 airlines, compared to 76 destinations by 19 airlines in the same period last year.

The top five countries in terms of passenger volumes at AUH during H1 2022 are India (1,280,000), Pakistan (485,000), the UK (374,000), Saudi Arabia (333,000) and Egypt (283,000). Meanwhile, the top five destination airports were London Heathrow (276,000), Delhi (225,000), Mumbai (221,000), Cochin (217,000) and Cairo (203,000).

Abu Dhabi International also handled 297,549 tonnes of air freight during the first half of the year.

Shareef Hashim Al Hashmi, CEO, Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “Our passenger traffic results for this year’s first half represent another stride forward for Abu Dhabi Airports and the wider industry. While 2021 was a successful year, the target for 2022 was always to build on that momentum by catering to higher numbers of travellers and expanding our airline network with partners while staying committed to the highest levels of service excellence.

“The resumption of regional and global markets and successful efforts of airlines to accommodate demands safely and effectively, have been instrumental to achieving these figures. Looking ahead, our aim is to continue building on this success throughout the second half of 2022.”

AUH also recorded positive passenger traffic results for the second quarter of 2022. Between April and June, scheduled passenger flights at AUH increased by 117 per cent compared to the second quarter of 2021.

Load factors also increased at AUH during the first half of 2022, improving to 73 per cent compared to 33 per cent during the same period last year.