Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) published the 2012 performance report for Abu Dhabi International Airport, which reflects a significant growth of 18.9% in passenger traffic compared to 2011.
During 2012 Abu Dhabi International Airport welcomed a record 14,700,420 passengers. Gateway cargo traffic also increased, recording 567,965 tonnes, and representing an increase of 17.9%, in comparison to 2011.
Abu Dhabi International Airport is witnessing overall growth with significant increase of passenger, aircraft and cargo volumes. ADAC has been investing in improving the airport’s facilities coupled with its comprehensive airline marketing strategy have attracted new airlines and encouraged existing airlines to expand their services to Abu Dhabi.
2012 witnessed a number of leading airline companies commence new routes from Abu Dhabi, including Air Berlin and Air Seychelles, in partnership with Etihad Airways. Also, in December three international carriers, Alitalia, Garuda and Hainan Airlines, started new routes through Abu Dhabi, and last year witnessed the beginning of local carriers, RAK Airways and Rotana Jet offering domestic flights to and from Abu Dhabi International Airport, increasing Abu Dhabi’s connectivity with other UAE destinations.
Eng. Ahmad Al Haddabi, Chief Operating Officer of ADAC commented: “2012 was a record year for Abu Dhabi International Airport with December registering 1,317,680 million passengers passing through, a 14.8% increase over December of last year, and marking the busiest month on record. 2012 also witnessed the signing of the construction contract for the MTB, a key milestone for the company and Abu Dhabi in delivering a state of the art infrastructure that will cater to more than 30 million passengers by 2017.”
“The annual double digit growth that Abu Dhabi International Airport has been recording in the past decade 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, supported by ADAC’s commitment to providing passengers with consistent world-class service. 2013 will be another record year for the Capital’s Airport, as ADAC strives in its commitment to continuously move forward and develop new services, facilitate new routes, and ensure that Abu Dhabi continues to strengthen its position as the Middle East’s gateway to the rest of the world,” added Al Haddabi.
The top five routes from Abu Dhabi International Airport during 2012 were: Bangkok, London Heathrow, Doha, Manila and Sydney. These destinations collectively generated 20% of the airport’s total passenger traffic.