UAE's Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) announced (19-May-2013) it expects services at Abu Dhabi International Airport to increase 15% year-on-year to 1065 per week and seat numbers to increase 11% to 32,004 per week in summer 2013. ADAC said the increase is attributable to new Hainan Airlines, Garuda Indonesia and Rotana Jet services, Etihad Airways' "aggressive" expansion and its partnerships with airberlin, Air Seychelles and Virgin Australia. ADAC COO Ahmad Al Haddabi said, "The increased flight frequency inbound and outbound demonstrates the trust airlines have in the attractiveness of Abu Dhabi as a business and tourist destination. An increase of over 10% in aircraft movement so far in 2013 also attests to Abu Dhabi’s growth towards becoming an international aviation hub." [more - original PR]
Abu Dhabi Airport expects 15% increase in services in summer 2013
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