UAE air traffic movements up 12% in Q1

GCAA official says UAE is continuing to buck global slowdown.
Uae, NEWS, Aviation


The UAE saw a 12 percent growth in total air movements during the first quarter of 2010, the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) said on Wednesday.

Total air movements in the first three months of the year were 153,000, compared to 137,000 during the same period last year, the authority said in a statement.

Average daily air traffic movements in March were 1,734, which represents an increase of 12.5 percent when compared to the 1,542 air traffic movements in the same period last year.

GCAA's monthly report for March also showed that total UAE air traffic movements were 53,750, an increase of almost 12.5 percent when compared to March 2009.

Flights from Dubai made up almost 46 percent of total UAE air traffic movements last month, the GCAA figures showed.

Through flights were second with 11,535 flights, and Abu Dhabi ranked third with 7,885 flights.

Saif Mohammad Al Suwaidi, director general, GCAA, said: "Air operations in the UAE saw significant growth in the first quarter of 2010. In spite of the decreasing air movements around the world, the UAE achieved a growth of 12 percent in the first three months of the year.

"This highlights the success of the UAE in maintaining high level of stability amid the current conditions and challenges."

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