Abu Dhabi Airport reports 8.7% rise in February passenger traffic

28 March 2016 (Last Updated March 28th, 2016 18:30)

Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) has served approximately 1.86 million passengers in February, marking an increase of 8.7% when compared with the same month last year.

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Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) has served approximately 1.86 million passengers in February, marking an increase of 8.7% when compared with the same month last year.

A total number of 1.71 million passengers were reported to be travelling to and from the AUH terminals in February 2015.

Abu Dhabi Airports chief operations officer Ahmad Al Haddabi said: "We continue to see year on year growth in passenger numbers travelling through Abu Dhabi International Airport and this highlights the fact that the UAE capital is continuing to develop as a global tourism destination and strategic transport hub.

"Traffic between India, UK, Thailand, Australia, USA and a number of others, all witnessed increased passenger figures from AUH.

"Etihad Airways' partner network has played a big role in the rise of these numbers and we are committed to ensuring the best airport services and infrastructure to accommodate this growth."

Flight movements showed an annual growth of 3.5% in February 2016, rising to 13,307 from 12,852 movements recorded in the same month last year.

"The UAE capital is continuing to develop as a global tourism destination and strategic transport hub."

The top-five routes that reported the highest air traffic movement include London Heathrow, Mumbai, Doha, Bangkok and Jeddah.

The continuous expansion of Etihad Airways has made a significant impact on traffic growth at the airport.

Ahmad Al Haddabi was quoted by The National as saying: "The continuing expansion of Etihad Airways' operations continues to drive up the number of passengers travelling to and from Abu Dhabi."

Abu Dhabi Airports is currently a constructing its Midfield Terminal, slated to open by the end of 2017, to meet the growing passenger traffic at the airport.


Image: A total of 1.86 million passengers travelled through Abu Dhabi International Airport in February. Photo: courtesy of Abu Dhabi Airports.