Abu Dhabi International Airport recorded a year-on-year increase of 19.4% in passenger traffic during the first half of 2014.

The latest statistics released by the airport show that a total of 9,481,744 passengers passed through the airport in the first half of the year, compared with 7,941,922 in the equivalent period in 2013.

Airport movements rose to 73,862, which was an 11.8% growth compared with 65,072 aircraft movements recorded in 2013.

Approximately 377,885t of cargo was handled at the three terminals, which was a 16% increase. June saw an increase of 21.4% in the number of passengers, bringing the number to 1,667,551.

"More and more people are choosing Abu Dhabi as a final destination or transit point and this is supported by the increased flight connectivity available at Abu Dhabi International Airport."

Abu Dhabi Airports chief operations officer Ahmad Al Haddabi said: "Almost ten 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.

"More and more people are choosing Abu Dhabi as a final destination or transit point and this is supported by the increased flight connectivity available at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

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"We have always been aware of this continuing trend and have anticipated its impact. Accordingly, we have invested considerable effort and resource in ensuring that the passenger experience at Abu Dhabi International Airport is always of the highest quality by increasing capacity and offering a broader range of services."

The top five routes during the first six months were Bangkok, Manila, Doha, Jeddah and London Heathrow. Several new destinations such as Los Angeles, Zurich and Jaipur were added to Abu Dhabi International Airport’s network.

There was an increase in passenger traffic from India owing to new routes to Chennai, Hyderabad, Jaipur and Bangalore. Saudi Arabia, Germany, Pakistan and the UK were the next largest in terms of passenger traffic to and from Abu Dhabi.

In terms of regions, the Far East experienced the most passenger traffic, followed by Europe and then the Middle East.