Abu Dhabi Airport passenger traffic up 9.5 percentStaff writer ▼ | April 21, 2016
Passenger traffic at the Abu Dhabi International Airport was up 9.5% in Q1 this year from Q1 2015 to 6,044,025 passengers.
Air traffic Q1 aircraft traffic reached 42,204
He remarked that the UAE capital is a major layover hub. The top-five destinations in Q1 were Bangkok, Thailand; London, UK; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Doha, Qatar; and New Deli, India.
Routes to India were the busiest in Q1, with over 1 million passengers, up 27% from Q1 2015. Routes to Italy saw the biggest growth in passenger traffic, at 62%.
Etihad Airways, the Abu Dhabi-based airline, bought a 49% stake in Alitalia in 2014, and the two airlines sustain a codeshare agreement covering a wide array of flights.
In March alone, the Abu Dhabi airport welcomed over 2 million passengers, up 5.6% from March 2015, according to WAM. ■