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Abu Dhabi and Dubai airports continue to ride the wave created by new entrants


Abu Dhabi International Airport and Dubai International Airport continue to defy traffic trends at airports worldwide, both reporting double-digit growth in passenger traffic in Jul-2009. The tales at both airports are very similar – traffic driven by the influx of new airlines and the capacity expansion of existing airlines servicing the region. [1510 words]

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  • Dubai Airport at the “epicentre of growth”, traffic up 12.6% in Jul-2009
  • Forecast growth to be supported by continuing expansion
  • Al Maktoum Phase I to open Jun-2010
  • Proposes new link to the city
  • DAC receives aerodrome licence for DIA
  • Dubai Duty Free and Dubai Airport Freezone also beneficiaries of traffic growth
  • Abu Dhabi Airport experiences the same growth rate as Dubai but off a lower base
  • New airlines, capacity increases

Graphs and data:

  • Dubai Airport capacity share by frequency and capacity (seats per week as a % of total)
  • Abu Dhabi Airport passenger numbers and passenger numbers growth: Jul-2008 to Jul-2009
  • Abu Dhabi Airport frequency and capacity share by carrier (frequency and seats per week as a % of total)
  • Etihad Airways’ upcoming capacity expansion
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