Feb 03, 2016: Abu Dhabi International Airport handled 827,456 metric tonnes of cargo, up 3.8 percent from 2014’s figures of 797,069 in 2015.
The airport (AUH) recorded increase in traffic figures in 2015, with more than 23 million passengers passing through its terminals.
Overall, AUH experienced a 17.2 percent increase in passenger traffic compared to 2014, with the first quarter alone showing 21.1 percent growth.
A large proportion of the increase in traffic can be attributed to the strong performance of Etihad Airways, which serves 116 passenger and cargo destinations around the world. The expansion of its network through Alitalia and Jet Airways contributed to passenger figures to Italy, India and the USA, increasing by double digits. With these and other new services, the airport saw an additional 271 flights per week to various destinations during the summer.
Aircraft movements went up by 11.6 percent in 2015 in comparison to 2014. Last year there were 172,819 movements compared to 154,821 in 2014.
December was the second busiest month in 2015, recording more than 2.1 million passengers, following August, which saw more than 2.5 million passengers traveling through the UAE capital.
Ahmad Al Haddabi, chief operations officer, Abu Dhabi Airports, said, “We continue to witness double digit traffic growth at Abu Dhabi International Airport. To cross the two million mark for the first time in our history, for four months of the year, is a testament to the airport’s ability to connect the world.”
“During the first quarter we opened expanded facilities in Terminal 1, part of a broader capacity enhancement program, to ensure that passengers using Abu Dhabi International Airport will always enjoy a world class experience.”
The strongest five country destinations in 2015 were: India, the UK, Germany, Saudi Arabia and the USA, which together recorded more than 9 million passengers through AUH last year.