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Passenger traffic continues to rise at Abu Dhabi airport

Top routes include London, Bangkok, Doha, Manila and Frankfurt

Gulf News

Abu Dhabi: The Abu Dhabi Airports Company (Adac) yesterday announced that Abu Dhabi International Airport experienced a 7 per cent increase in passenger traffic, with around one million passing through it in January.

The airport also saw a 9 per cent rise in aircraft movements, reaching 9,899 in the month. Cargo traffic also rose, with an increase of 13 per cent over January 2010.

Growing interest

Ahmad Al Haddabi, Senior Vice-President-Airports Operations at Adac said: "As we enter the New Year, the continuous growth of passenger traffic reflects the growing interest in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, and the growing strength of Abu Dhabi International Airport as an international hub.

"We expect to see traffic continue to rise as we welcome new carriers and add new destinations and frequencies from the airport.

"We are also working towards the completion of the Terminal 1 renovation works to increase the airport's capacity and to ensure top levels of comfort and satisfaction are offered to all our travellers, with more services yet to come."

London, Bangkok, Doha, Manila and Frankfurt took the lead as the top five routes in January, which together accounted for 20 per cent of the passenger traffic through Abu Dhabi International Airport.

The Far East and Europe both registered a 10 per cent increase in passenger traffic, followed by the Middle East.