UAE's Abu Dhabi International Airport reported (12-Feb-2013) growth in passenger traffic of 18.9% year-on-year to 14.7 million and a 17.9% increase in cargo traffic to 568,000 tonnes in 2012. Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) said its investments in improving airport facilities and its airline marketing strategy attracted new airlines and encouraged existing airlines to expand their services at the airport. Routes to Bangkok, London Heathrow, Doha, Manila and Sydney generated 20% of the airport's total passenger traffic in 2012. ADAC COO Ahmad Al Haddabi said, "The annual double digit growth that Abu Dhabi International Airport has been recording in the past decade is directly impacted by the aggressive expansion plans of the hub carrier, Etihad Airways, and the increase in the number of partnerships with international carriers, supported by ADAC’s commitment to providing passengers with consistent world-class service. 2013 will be another record year for the Capital’s airport, as ADAC strives in its commitment to continuously move forward and develop new services, facilitate new routes, and ensure that Abu Dhabi continues to strengthen its position as the Middle East’s gateway to the rest of the world." [more - original PR]
Abu Dhabi Airport reports 19% growth in passenger traffic and 18% growth in cargo in 2012
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