By Dermot Davitt The Moodie Report
Abu Dhabi International Airport handled record passenger traffic in 2011, with volumes surging by +13.9% year-on-year to 12.4 million.
Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) also reported a +10% rise in cargo traffic, bucking the general downward global trend in aviation last year.
During 2011, ADAC added new airlines such as Cathay Pacific, Virgin Australia, and Czech Airlines to its network. It also added eight destinations via new and existing airline partnerships, to Hong Kong, Prague, Seychelles, Male, Duesseldorf, Bangalore, Chengdu and Aleppo. The scheduled charter market also saw growth, especially with the launch of MSC cruises out of Abu Dhabi and new hotel offers in the city.
ADAC Chief Executive Officer James Bennett said: “The continuous increase of Abu Dhabi International Airport’s passenger traffic shows a true reflection of the growth that the Emirate is witnessing in trade, industry and tourism, and illustrates the significant investment and vision by ADAC in creating a world class airport. In December, we welcomed over 1.147 million passengers, recording a +17.8% uplift in total passenger traffic. This made December the busiest month of the year for Abu Dhabi international Airport and the sixth consecutive month where we recorded more than a million passengers.”
He added: “ADAC is striving to become one of the top airport operators in the world by carrying out more improvements and developments at the airport. The completion of Terminal 1 this year was a great success, as it aimed at delivering the best services to travellers in speed, efficiency, comfort and satisfaction.”
Etihad Airways continues to play a key role in the growth of Abu Dhabi International Airport. As a result of Etihad’s new aircraft and new destinations served during 2011, scheduled passenger aircraft movements grew by +6.2%, totalling 90,281 movements, with Etihad recording 61.4% of the total aircraft traffic. More info