April passenger traffic up by +10% at Abu Dhabi International Airport
Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) today released its monthly traffic report for Abu Dhabi International Airport, which shows the double-digit growth experienced since the start of 2010 is still holding strong. In spite of cancellations of flights due to the volcanic eruption in Iceland which grounded many flights to and from Europe during the month, the airport recorded a passenger traffic increase of 10.1%, up to 866,475, in the month of April.
The month of April 2010 saw aircraft movement increase by 11.1%, compared to the same month in 2009. Cargo movement through the airport also increased substantially in April, with tonnage handled up by 21.3% over the same month in 2009.
London, Doha, Bangkok, Manila and Jeddah were the top five city destinations; whilst the USA was the fastest growing country destination for the month, with a 160% increase in passenger traffic over the same period in 2009. This growth can largely be attributed to the launch of Etihad’s Chicago route and its growing connectivity to the American market through its code share agreement with American Airlines.
Ahmed Al Haddabi, Senior Vice President of Airport Operations, ADAC, said: “In spite of the extraordinary circumstances caused by the volcanic ash cloud that spread from Iceland across Europe during several days in April and thereby grounding numerous flights to and from the continent, Abu Dhabi International Airport continued to record double-digit growth, which is a great result. The increases illustrate the strong fundamentals of our economy and the strength of our tourism offering in Abu Dhabi. ADAC will remain focused on enhancing the facilities and services we offer to our passengers, and to attracting new airlines to our airport hub.”
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