Dubai International and Abu Dhabi International airports saw passenger traffic increase in the first half of the year as airlines launched new routes and frequencies.
The passenger traffic at the Dubai International Airport went up by 13.4% year-on-year in the first six months of the year, marking the busiest first half in the airport’s history, and in line with its target to meet the annual projected traffic of 56.5 million passengers. According to Dubai Airports, the body managing Dubai International Airports, the facility reported a total of 27.9 million passengers in the first half of 2012, up from 24.6 million in the same period of 2011. In June alone, 4.71 million passengers passed through the airport, up by 16% from a year earlier.
Abu Dhabi International Airport, on the other hand, welcomed over seven million passengers in first six months of 2012, up by 22.8% from the same period in 2011. According to the Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), which manages the Abu Dhabi airport, passenger traffic at the Abu Dhabi International airport reached 7.1 million in the first half of the year, propelled by strong Etihad Airways’ strong performance, new routes and frequencies of new airlines. According to ADAC, the first half of 2012 saw the airport recording the highest volumes of passenger traffic in its history.
Furthermore, cargo volumes, meanwhile, rose by 2.2% to 1.09 million tons at Dubai International in the first half of the year. Cargo shipments at Abu Dhabi International Airport reached 268,157 tonnes, in the same period, up by 15.7% over the corresponding period a year earlier.
The MENA Weekly Monitor – Bank Audi