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Sun, 09/07/2008 - 17:26
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Abu Dhabi airport passenger growth surges 26.7 per cent

Continuing on strong passenger growth rates observed throughout 2008, Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), the owner-operator of Abu Dhabi International Airport (ADIA), has released its monthly traffic figures for July which show passenger numbers up 26.7 per cent over the same month last year according to a report in 'Khaleej Times'.
Passenger figures for the year-to-date matched a familiar growth rate seen at the airport this year with the numbers up 36.5 per cent – the airport having handled 5,092,307 arrival, departure and transit passengers from January through July.

Cargo maintained its steady growth with an increase of 15.1 per cent in July 2008 over July 2007’s figures. The year-to-date statistics for cargo almost mirroring that rate having posted an overall 15.7 jump over the same seven-month period in the previous year.
Traffic figures for July also indicated that an average of 27,004 passengers per day passed through the airport; the month’s peak day performance registering a total of 31,783 passengers. “Of course, we expect July to be busy due to the seasonal travel period but to increase such numbers by over a quarter for the month of July and by over a third for the year-to-date is extremely healthy and demonstrates an increasing awareness and willingness for passengers to use the airport and, indeed, airlines to operate from here,” said Rudy Vercelli, CEO of ADAC.

“If you take the trailing twelvemonth periodfromJuly2007to July 2008, Abu Dhabi International Airport has already handled over 8.2 million passengers in that period. If we apply the current growth rates to the whole of 2008, we are now well on course to welcome over nine million passengers through Abu Dhabi International Airport by the end of the calendar year,” added Vercelli.
Clearly bolstering the continuing growth Abu Dhabi International Airport experienced in July was the increased frequencies and new destinations that, over the last 12 months, have been launched by Etihad Airways, the National Airline of the UAE, along with an ever-increasing number of new airlines operating out of Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Abu Dhabi International Airport’s Terminal 3 will be one such development that will cater to the very real and growing dem and for travel through and from the UAE capital.

The additional five million passenger capacity terminal is currently undergoing a phased introduction with some of the key operations set to be up and running by the end of the year. Terminal 3 will bring the total passenger capacity at the airport to over 12 million and will act as an intermediate facility.