Top UAE Airports: Air Traffic Movements 2011
Top UAE Airports: Air Traffic Movements 2011
The United Arab Emirates celebrated its highest number of air traffic movements ever in 2011, with the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) reporting a total of 683,389 movements for the year, an increase of 7.6 percent in comparison to 2010 levels. The daily average also highlights a continued boom in UAE aviation over the past decade, from a humble 736 movements in 2001 to a record 1900 movements last year. The impressive growth was attributed to the “prosperity of business and tourism” in the UAE by Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, director general of the GCAA. “The government has adopted a policy to encourage the signing of air service agreements on the basis of open skies with countries across the region and the world, and to provide a competitive environment for airlines," he states. “This has translated in a greater number of registered companies and a hike in the number of air traffic movement.” To celebrate the achievement, LogisticsMiddleEast.com examines the UAE’s different sources of air traffic movements in 2011.
9. Al Ain International Airport (1925 air traffic movements in 2011)
The least number of air traffic movements in the UAE last year was reported at Al Ain International Airport. In total, movements totalled 1925 for the year, out of which 1012 were arrivals and 913 were departures. The airport’s busiest month was July 2011.
8. Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International Airport (3400 air traffic movements in 2011)
Although a new entrant in the UAE airport community, traffic at Dubai World Central's Al Maktoum International Airport continued to improve over the course of 2011, with a dedicated focus on cargo operations. While air traffic movements of 153 were reported by the GCAA in January, the figure peaked at 531 in October, marking an impressive growth rate of 347 percent in total.
7. Fujairah International Airport (3552 air traffic movements in 2011)
Fujairah International Airport was ranked as the seventh highest source of air traffic movements in the UAE last year. However, movements have declined on a monthly basis throughout 2011 and the airport is fast being overtaken by Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central. Perhaps the forthcoming operational launch of Fujairah-based airline Eastern Express will fuel a u-turn this year.
6. Ras Al Khaimah International Airport (3993 air traffic movements in 2011)
While the airport in Ras Al Khaimah has traditionally been overshadowed by neighbouring facilities in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, improvements in air traffic movements were consistent on a month-to-month basis last year, from 325 movements in January to 555 movements in December. The impressive performance can be attributed, in part at least, to the operational growth of RAK Airways in 2011.
5. Domestic Flights (53,728 air traffic movements in 2011)
Local flights between different airports in the United Arab Emirates were the fifth highest source of air traffic movements in the country last year. The busiest month for domestic flights was October 2011, with 5207 air traffic movements, while the slowest month was February 2011, with 3707 air traffic movements.
4. Sharjah International Airport (62,598 air traffic movements in 2011)
Air Arabia has played an influential role in the growth of air traffic movements at Sharjah International Airport and that remained the case in 2011, as the low cost carrier boosted its route network in the Middle East and beyond. Inbound and outbound traffic was more-or-less equal in 2011, according to GCAA’s annual statistics, with arrivals representing 49.8 percent of air traffic movements in 2011, while the remaining 50.02 percent were departures.
3. Abu Dhabi International Airport (100,268 air traffic movements in 2011)
Located in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi International Airport was the third highest source of air traffic movements in 2011, with a little over 100,000 movements reported by the GCAA – more than 60 percent higher than its nearest rival. Volumes peaked in October last year, when a total of 4292 air traffic movements were registered as arrivals and the remaining 4317 were departures.
2. Over Flights (151,916 air traffic movements in 2011)
Ranked in second position, over flights accounted for around 22 percent of the UAE’s air traffic movements in 2011, boosted by the country’s geographical location at the crossroads of east and west, north and south. In total, 151,916 of last year’s air traffic movements were over flights, according to the GCAA, with the highest number reported in October 2011.
1. Dubai International Airport - 312,009 air traffic movements in 2011
Unsurprisingly, Dubai International Airport topped the list as the UAE’s biggest source of air traffic movements in 2011, with around the same volume as the second, third and fourth positions, combined. Ending another successful year, December was the airport’s busiest month in 2011, with a total of 28,229 air traffic movements, out of which 14,134 were arrivals and the remaining 14,095 were departures.