Middle East: Traffic Rises at Abu Dhabi International
A total of 9,481,744 passengers passed through Abu Dhabi International Airport during the first six months of this year. This registered a 19.4 percent year-on-year rise in passenger traffic over the 7,941,922 passengers who used the airport in the January to June period last year. The number of aircraft movements also rose to 73,862 in the same period, an 11.8 percent growth against the 65,072 aircraft movements reported in the first half of 2013.
The growth came on the back of rapid route expansion by the UAE’s national carrier Etihad Airways, which uses the airport as its global hub.
The biggest increase in passenger numbers for the first half of the year came from India following the addition of a number of new routes between Abu Dhabi and Indian cities such as Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Jaipur. Etihad Airways’ recent partnership with Jet Airways, India’s largest private airline, also helped by adding further code-share routes to the country as well as providing international connections to Jet Airways’s passengers on Etihad Airways’ flights via Abu Dhabi.
Saudi Arabia, Germany, Pakistan and the UK were the next largest source markets in terms of passenger traffic while, among regions, the Far East experienced the most passenger traffic, followed by Europe and the Middle East.
“Almost 10 million passengers passed through Abu Dhabi International Airport in the first six months of 2014 and it is reasonable to expect that number to be exceeded in the second half of the year,” said Ahmad Al Haddabi, Chief Operations Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports. The development of the Midfield Terminal by 2017 will further boost the airport’s capacity, he added.