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Abu Dhabi airport passenger traffic up 13.8% in Q1

Abu Dhabi to Bangkok was the airports most popular route.
NEWS, Aviation

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Passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport rose by 13.8 percent during the first quarter of 2010, according to the latest figures announced on Tuesday by the Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC).

ADAC said that passenger traffic in the first quarter of the year had increased 13.8 percent year-on-year to 2,578,920.

The number of aircraft flying through the capital’s airport also increased 13.9 percent year-on-year to 27,000 during the first three months of the year, while cargo rose 22.2 percent to 100,378 tons compared to the first quarter of 2009.

“The Q1 passenger and cargo data reflects the continued strength and growth being experienced at Abu Dhabi International Airport and that air traffic, in general, is rebounding strongly, against Q1 2009 figures,” said Ahmad Al Haddabi, senior vice president of airports operations of ADAC.

Abu Dhabi is also less likely to be as affected by the impact of the Icelandic ash cloud currently disrupting flights into Europe as the majority of its most popular routes are in Asia and the Middle East.

ADAC said that while London was Abu Dhabi’s second most popular route, beaten only by Bangkok, the other most popular routes in the top five were Doha, Manila and Bahrain.

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