Abu Dhabi Airports revealed great results during the first half of 2016, with the total traffic for January to June reaching 11,848,359 million passengers – a 6.6 per cent increase from the 11,111,577 passengers in the first six months of 2015.
The frequency of people passing through Terminal 1 brought forth the largest increase, reaching 4,790,469 – a 22 per cent jump from 3,918,322 in 2015.
According to the results, the most popular destination in June was Bombay, which witnessed a 26 per cent rise in traffic compared to the corresponding month last year, with figures up from 55,991 to 70,312. Etihad Airways, the UAE’s national carrier, incorporated the Indian city intro its A380 schedule in May 2016.
Moving on, traffic to and from Doha and Jeddah both grew by 12 per cent in June, with passengers increasing from 53,912 to 60,395, and 52,342 to 58,816, respectively.
Acting CEO, Abu Dhabi Airports, Abdul Majeed Al Khoori enthused: “January and March have been the busiest period for Abu Dhabi International Airport in the first half of the year, with passenger traffic crossing two million in both of these months. We are encouraged by the figures from the six months of 2016, which demonstrate continued growth year-on-year. Consistent increases in passenger traffic are to be expected given Abu Dhabi’s status as an international hub for commerce and tourism, as well as being a bustling transit point.”