Dubai International Airport (DXB/OMDB), United Arab Emirates

UAE’s two main airports, Abu Dhabi International Airport and DubaiInternational, have reported respective rises of 14.5% and 12.8% in passenger traffic during September 2012.

Abu Dhabi International Airport (ADIA) has reported a 14.5% increase in passenger traffic to 1.2 million during the last month, up from figures in 2011.

During September aircraft movements at the airport saw an increase of 8.4% totalling 10,057 movements.

The increase in aircraft movements is mainly due to Etihad’s new services and the flight frequency increase by airlines operating at the airport.

Cargo volume at the airport was up by 24.9 % to 48,525t, compared to September 2011.

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) chief operating officer Ahmad Al Haddabi said that the growth in passenger traffic during September indicates that 2012 will be another record year for Abu Dhabi International Airport.

"The increasing attractiveness of Abu Dhabi as a trade and tourism destination is boosting inbound and outbound traffic, while the airport continues to offer efficient connectivity for transfer passengers across all continents," Al Haddabi said.

ADIA had reported a 21% rise in passenger traffic to 3.4 million in the first quarter of 2012, up from the corresponding period in 2011.

"ADIA had reported a 21% rise in passenger traffic to 3.4 million in the first quarter of 2012."

According to airport operator Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), the airport handled 29,123 flights between the months of January and March, while cargo traffic rose 11%.

Passenger traffic at Dubai International increased 12.8% to 4,780,394, up from the 4,236,587 recorded last September.

The airport has reported double digit passenger growth during seven of the first nine months, boosting the year-to-date traffic by 13.4% to 42,565,340, compared to 37,547,744 handled in 2011.

Cargo volume at Dubai International increased 9.1% during the month to 193,261t, up from the 177,128t handled during the same period in 2011.


Photo: Dubai International airport has reported double digit growth in passenger traffic during seven of the first nine months of 2012.