Abu Dhabi International Airport has registered a 18.5 per cent growth in its monthly passenger traffic for August which soared to over 1.5 million compared to the same period last year.
The aircraft movement totalled 11,608 representing a 15.5 per cent increase, while cargo traffic also grew, signifying a 29.9 per cent increase with more than 60,235 tonnes of cargo moved last month, the Abu Dhabi Airports said in its montly report for August released today.
Commenting on the performance, Ahmad Al Haddabi, the chief operations officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said the robust growth in August was primarily due to the busy Eid holidays and the beginning of the ‘back to school’season.
“As passenger traffic continues to grow, Abu Dhabi International Airport will ensure optimal use of resources to cater to expected travel peaks and continue to deliver exceptional service on par with leading airports worldwide,” he added.
The top five places in terms of passenger numbers were Bangkok, London, Doha, Manila, and Bahrain.
Al Haddabi said the Capacity Enhancement Programme currently in progress will enable the UAE capital to accommodate more than 17 million annual passengers through strategic enhancements to existing facilities, the most recent of these being the new Arrivals Hall which opened last month.
Travellers are now able to access parking, taxis and limousines just 20 meters away from the customs lounge, through the new tunnel connecting the customs area with new Arrivals Hall, he added.