Abu Dhabi Airports reported an impressive 22.5% increase in passenger traffic during April 2014 at Abu Dhabi International Airport, year-on-year.
The airport’s passenger statistics showed that 1,620,324 passengers used the airport during the month, growing from 1,322,203 during the same month a year ago.
The top five routes from Abu Dhabi International Airport during April were Bangkok, Manila, London Heathrow, Doha, and Jeddah.
Passenger numbers have continued to increase over the past few years, making the airport one of the fastest growing aviation hubs in the world and substantiating the need for the new Midfield Terminal Building currently under construction.
MAKING ROOM FOR ADDITIONAL PASSENGERS
To provide the intermediate capacity that will be needed to meet this demand, before the Midfield Terminal Building becomes operational, Abu Dhabi Airports has implemented a Capacity Enhancement Programme with several key infrastructure projects already delivered, with more in the pipeline.
Eng. Ahmad Al Haddabi, Chief Operations Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “Today Abu Dhabi International Airport caters to more than 40 international airlines connecting the UAE’s capital with more than 96 destinations in over 54 countries globally.
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“This is as a result of Etihad’s growth strategy, evident in new routes to be served this summer including non-stop flights from Abu Dhabi to Los Angeles in the USA, Zurich in Switzerland, Belgrade in Serbia, Perth in Australia, Jaipur in India and Yerevan in Armenia.
“Abu Dhabi International Airport will also see more flights from its other airline partners this summer, especially in the Gulf region in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain. Additionally, more aircraft will fly to Pakistan with extra flights to Lahore, Islamabad, Karachi, Peshawar and Rahim Yar Khan. Hyderabad, Chennai and Bangalore will each witness 14 extra flights a week from Abu Dhabi – the greatest growth in the Indian market.”
“Abu Dhabi Airports is on track to handle this significant increase in air traffic through the upgrade and expansion of our facilities, exciting new retail offerings, and integration of services to ensure a world class travel experience for passengers. We are looking forward to a busy summer programme.”