June 08--In a statement, the airport regulator said passenger traffic rose 22.5 per cent in April as 1,620,324 passengers used the airport during the month, growing from 1,515,407 in the same period a year ago.
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. -- KT file photo
Abu Dhabi Airports on Saturday said passenger traffic and cargo activity at Abu Dhabi International Airport recorded strong double-digit year-on-year growth in April due to Etihad Airways' growth strategy.
In a statement, the airport regulator said passenger traffic rose 22.5 per cent in April as 1,620,324 passengers used the airport during the month, growing from 1,515,407 in the same period a year ago.
Aircraft movements increased to 12,420 in April 2014, recording a 16.4 per cent growth compared with 10,673 movements logged in April 2013.
The airport's cargo statistics showed that it handled 16.6 per cent more freight in April this year as 60,059 tonnes of cargo were handled compared to 51,511 tonnes in the same month last year.
"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. 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 US, Zurich in Switzerland, Belgrade in Serbia, Perth in Australia, Jaipur in India and Yerevan in Armenia," Eng Ahmad Al Haddabi, chief operations officer of Abu Dhabi Airports, said in a statement to Khaleej Times on Saturday.
He said 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," he said.
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.
"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," Al Haddabi said.
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