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Abu Dhabi International records 15.6% jump in passenger traffic

Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi International Airport recorded a 15.6 per cent increase in passenger traffic in February 2014, compared to the same month last year. Airport management body, Abu Dhabi Airports, reported on Monday that 1,411,811 passengers used the airport compared to the 1,221,686 in February 2013.

Bangkok, Jeddah, Doha, Manila and London Heathrow emerged as the top five routes from Abu Dhabi airport during the month, according to the airport body.

And the number of aircraft landing and taking off increased by 12.2 per cent in February 2014 to 11,174, compared with 9,960 movements in February 2013.


Cargo activity handling, meanwhile, rose to 56,902 tonnes, representing a 13.8 per cent increase compared to February 2013.

“The year 2014 is anticipated to be another record year for Abu Dhabi International Airport as the airport continues to register double-digit growth in passenger traffic,” stated Ahmad Al Haddabi, Chief Operations Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports.

Abu Dhabi International handled 16.5 million passengers in 2013 and is expected to rise to 18 million this year.

The airport is currently undergoing an expansion that will see capacity rise to up to 55 million passengers a year, once the Dh10.8 billion Midfield Terminal Building project is completed in 2017.

The project features one of the largest terminal buildings in the world spread over a space of 700,000 square metres.