Abu Dhabi Airports recently reported a 9.5% increase in passenger traffic during the first quarter of 2016 compared to Q1 in 2015.
Between January and March this year, 6,044,025 passengers travelled through Abu Dhabi Airports, compared with 5,521,110 during the same period last year. Aircraft movements rose to 42,204, representing 1.5% growth on the 41,585 movements recorded in Q1 2015.
Eng Ahmad Al Haddabi, chief operations officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “Abu Dhabi is an important global transportation hub and this is reflected by the fact that more than six million passengers travelled through Abu Dhabi International Airport during first quarter of the year. Traffic rose over the first three months of 2016 between the UK, Thailand, the USA and several other countries.”
The top five destinations for Q1 were Bangkok, London Heathrow, Jeddah, Doha and Delhi. India continued to top the charts in terms of country routes, with highest passenger traffic figures of 1,082,527, up 26.9% when compared to Q1 of 2015. Italy saw a huge increase in traffic with figures up 62.3% on the same period last year, making it the 10th busiest country route in Q1 of 2016. The number of passengers traveling through the airports in March 2016 jumped to over two million passengers, reaching 2,025,842, up 5.6% from 1,917,939 in March 2015.