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Record year for Abu Dhabi Airport

22-Jan-2008
  • Abu Dhabi International Airport handles 6.9 million passengers in 2007, +31% year-on-year;
  • Strong bounce-back from 2006, bolstered by Etihad’s 67% surge in 2007 passenger numbers;
  • Etihad expects to handle 6 million passengers in 2008, +30% year-on-year;
  • Third terminal to open in 2008, almost doubling the airport’s capacity to 12 million passengers;
  • Abu Dhabi Airports Company to host Middle East Aviation Outlook Summit on 27-28 February 2008.

(c) Centre for Asia Pacific Aviattion, PREMIUM: Abu Dhabi International Airport has registered a record year in 2007, handling 6.9 million passengers, up 31% year-on-year, making it one of the fastest growing airports in the Middle East region. The airport is expected to have risen from 190 in the ACI global airport rankings by passenger numbers in 2006 to around 150 in 2007. Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi’s cargo volume continued its strong performance last year, rising 22% to 315,317 tonnes in 2007.

It is a strong bounce-back from the 3.5% reduction in traffic experienced in 2006 (to 5.3 million passengers, as a result of Gulf Air’s route rationalisation after an ownership change), and reflects the rise of Abu Dhabi’s own long-haul carrier, Etihad Airways.

Etihad reported passenger traffic growth of 67% year-on-year for the 12 months ended Dec-07, handling 4.6 million passengers, compared to just 2.8 million in 2006. In 2007, Etihad expanded with nine new destinations, increasing its number of average weekly services from 463 per week in Jan-07 to 719 per week in Dec-07.

In 2008, Etihad expects to handle approximately 6 million passengers, an increase of more than 30% on 2007, which bodes well for Abu Dhabi Airport. Key highlights for 2008 will include the launch of Etihad’s Beijing service at the end of Mar-08, its first Chinese route, and the airline's move to a new terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

The third, 5 million passenger-capacity terminal, will almost double the airport’s capacity to 12 million passengers. Featuring eight gates, including two A380 compatible, the new terminal will meet the demands of Etihad Airways and foreign airlines until the Midfield Terminal Complex is ready a couple of years later.

Abu Dhabi Airports Company is hosting the first annual Middle East Aviation Outlook Summit on 27-28 February 2008, attracting many high profile speakers, delegates and sponsors. Confirmed speakers include:

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