Abu Dhabi Airports has reported a 19.4% increase in passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport during the first half of 2014 (1 January – 30 June), as compared to the first six months of 2013.
The latest passenger statistics show that in the first half of 2014, a total of 9,481,744 passengers passed through Abu Dhabi International Airport, compared with 7,941,922 in 2013. The number of aircraft movements rose to 73,862, representing 11.8% growth compared with 65,072 aircraft movements reported in H1 2013. The month of June alone saw 1,667,551 passengers, an increase of 21.4% compared with June 2013 (1,374,076 passengers).
Eng Ahmad Al Haddabi, chief operations officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “Almost 10 million passengers passed through Abu Dhabi International Airport in the first six months of 2014. More and more people are choosing Abu Dhabi as a final destination or transit point and this is supported by increased flight connectivity.”
Overall, during the first six months of 2014, the top five routes were Bangkok, Manila, Doha, Jeddah and London Heathrow. During the period, several new destinations were added to Abu Dhabi International Airport’s network, including Los Angeles, Zurich and Jaipur.
India saw a massive increase in traffic for the first six months of 2014. 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.