Passenger throughput at Abu Dhabi International airport rose 19.4% to 9.48 million in the year's first six months, as aircraft movements rose 11.8% to 73,900.
"It is reasonable to expect that number to be exceeded in the second half of the year," says Abu Dhabi Airports operations chief Ahmad Al Haddabi. "More and more people are choosing Abu Dhabi as a final destination or transit point, and this is supported by the increased flight connectivity available."The top five routes in the first half were to Bangkok, Manila, Doha, Jeddah and London Heathrow, says the airport operator. Jaipur, Los Angeles and Zurich were added as new destinations.
India – a market Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways is prioritising following investment in Jet Airways – was the nation accounting for the highest passenger numbers to and from the Gulf city, followed by Saudi Arabia, Germany, Pakistan and the UK. By region, the Far East tops the list, with Europe in second and the Middle East in third.
The airport's first-half cargo volume was up a sixth at 378,000t.