Cargo traffic was also on the rise reaching 39,841 tons, with an increase of 5% compared to the month of August 2011.
The double-digit growth recorded at Abu Dhabi International Airport during August is mainly attributed to the healthy growth of all airlines operating at the airport, while also supported by the Eid holiday. Being one of the fastest-growing airports in the region, Abu Dhabi has been growing by 12.2%, during the first 8 months of 2011.
James E. Bennett, Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports Company, commented: “The continuous increase of Abu Dhabi International Airport’s passenger traffic goes in parallel with the growth that the emirate is witnessing in trade, industry, and tourism. Up to August, we have welcomed 8,000,000 passengers through our airport, providing efficient and high-quality services. We continuously monitor the market and the travel trends to ensure that Abu Dhabi International Airport offers enhanced connectivity and an increased number of destinations and frequencies to all travellers.”
London, Jeddah, Doha, Bangkok, and Manila were the top five routes from Abu Dhabi International Airport during the month of August, generating 21% of the total passenger traffic at the capital’s airport. The top regions for the month were Far East, Middle East, and Europe with 37%, 25%, and 22% growth, respectively.