Abu Dhabi Airport reports 15.1% increase in Q1 passenger traffic

22 April 2014 (Last Updated April 22nd, 2014 18:30)

Abu Dhabi International Airport served 4.56 million passengers during the first quarter of 2014, representing a 15.1% increase in traffic compared with the corresponding period in 2013.

Abu Dhabi International Airport

Abu Dhabi International Airport served 4.56 million passengers during the first quarter of 2014, representing a 15.1% increase in traffic compared with the corresponding period in 2013.

Aircraft movements increased 11.8% to 35,844, against 32,062 movements recorded during the corresponding quarter last year.

Cargo activity at the airport grew 15.8% to 183,344t.

The top five routes from Abu Dhabi International Airport during March 2014 were Manila, Bangkok, Jeddah, Doha and London Heathrow.

Abu Dhabi Airport chief operations officer Ahmad Al Haddabi said: "We have seen more than 4.5 million passengers pass through Abu Dhabi International Airport in the first three months of the year, which is a record quarterly performance.

"It is clear that businesses and tourists alike increasingly see Abu Dhabi both as a destination of choice and as a logical transit point on longer journeys.

"This in turn is further evidence of the airport's rapidly growing status as a major global transportation hub, and shows why our capacity enhancement programme remains a critical and complex initiative to enable passengers to have the best possible travel experience."

It is predicted that within the next few years, over 30 million passengers per year will use the airport as an origin, destination or transit point for international and domestic flights.

In order to handle increasing passenger traffic Abu Dhabi Airports is currently working on a Midfield Terminal Complex (MTC) project.

The MTC project features a full terminal building (MTB), passenger and cargo facilities, duty free shops and restaurants capable of handling an initial capacity of 30 million passengers per year.


Image: Abu Dhabi International Airport served 4.56 million passengers during the first quarter of 2014. Photo courtesy of Abu Dhabi Airports.