Abu Dhabi airport records 23 million passengers in 2015
More than 23 million passengers passed through Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) terminals in 2015, according to new figures from the authorities.
Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) said that the airport witnessed a 17.2 per cent increase in passenger traffic compared to 2014, with the first quarter alone showing 21.1 per cent growth.
The airport handled 827,456 metric tonnes of cargo last year, an increase of 3.8 per cent from the previous year’s figure of 797,069.
Ahmad Al Haddabi, Chief Operations Officer at ADAC, said the airport crossed the 2m-passengers-a-month mark for the first time in its history during the four busiest months: July, August, September and December.
December was the second-busiest month in 2015, recording more than 2.1m passengers, following August, which saw more than 2.5m passengers traveling through the UAE capital.
“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, he added.
Etihad Airways, the flag carrier of the UAE, took the lion’s share by flying in 17.4m passengers in 2015, 18.4 per cent up from a year earlier.
The airline’s expansion of its network through Alitalia and Jet Airways saw passenger figures to Italy, India and the USA, going up by double digits.
Etihad, which serves 116 passenger and cargo destinations across the world, acquired 49 per cent in Italian airline Alitalia in 2014 and bought a 24 per cent stake in Indian Jet Airways in November 2013.
“Etihad Airways contributed significantly to these traffic figures as more than 74 per cent of the total passengers to and from Abu Dhabi International Airport in 2015 were carried by our national airline,” added Al Haddabi.
Aircraft movements went up by 11.6 per cent in 2015 to 172,819 against 154,821 in 2014.
India, the UK, Germany, Saudi Arabia and the USA were the strongest five country destinations in 2015 which all together recorded more than 9 million passengers through AUH last year.