Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) announced today that traffic for Abu Dhabi International Airport during the month of November 2012 has increased by 10% compared to the same period in 2011, reaching 1,211,464 passengers.
Aircraft movements increased by 7.9% reaching 10,711. Cargo traffic figures were also on the rise, with over 49,896 tonnes of freight handled throughout the month, recording 18% increase.
The growth registered in November is in parallel to the airport’s performance in the preceding months. Last October, Abu Dhabi International Airport saw a 17.3% surge in passenger traffic compared to the same month last year. This traffic growth recorded throughout the airport’s diverse network was driven by the Hajj and Eid season along with the start of the F1 season at the end of October.
Cargo traffic was also on the rise, with over 52,777 tonnes of freight handled throughout the month of October, recording a 18.4% increase over the same month in 2011.
The consistent growth performance of Abu Dhabi airport is seen as a welcome sign in its ambition to become a major international aviation hub.
Commenting on the airport’s performance, Eng. Ahmad Al Haddabi, Chief Operations Officer of ADAC, stated, “As we are approaching the end of the year, it is apparent that 2012 will continue to maintain the growth trend in passenger traffic witnessed in the past years at Abu Dhabi International Airport, as shown by the 19.3% increase in passengers passing through the airport in the last 11 months compared with the same period in 2011, to reach 13.4 million passengers. Such figures are an indication as to the position of the Capital’s airport as a major international aviation hub. ADAC looks forward to sustaining this dynamic growth, and to continue providing passengers with award-winning customer service combined with high level of efficient and safe operations.”
The top five routes for November were Bangkok, Doha, London Heathrow, Manila and Bahrain, collectively claiming 21% of the total passenger traffic for the month.
Back in November, a senior airport official had announced that Abu Dhabi will launch operations at its new airport terminal by the second quarter of 2017. The 700,000-square-metre fourth terminal will add capacity for 30 million passengers annually to the existing airport and become the home of Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways
Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi International Airport’s rival neighbour Dubai International Airport Dubai Airport has reported double-digit growth in passenger numbers in all but two months of the year so far.