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Abu Dhabi airport posts 29.3% rise in Q3 traffic

Abu Dhabi airport Wam
Aircraft movement increased 21.8 percent year on year to 37,903 in Q3

Passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport rose 29.3 percent year on year to 5.95 million in the third quarter of 2023.

Aircraft movement increased 21.8 percent year on year to 37,903 in the July to September period, state-run WAM news agency reported.

Airport connectivity expanded to 119 destinations through 24 airlines.

The busiest destinations were London (238,196 passengers), Mumbai (228,189), Kochi (191,883), Cairo (172,570), and Doha (168,417).

Abu Dhabi Airports handled 143,979 tonnes of air freight during the same period.

“We are attracting major international airlines to Abu Dhabi, with Air France and SunExpress all scheduled to start this Iata winter season,” said Elena Sorlini, managing director and interim CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports.

British Airways will return to Abu Dhabi in April 2024, she said, adding new capabilities and facilities at Terminal A will lead to passenger growth.

The Midfield Terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport will become operational in early November.

Covering 742,000 square metres of built-up area, the new terminal will accommodate up to 45 million passengers per year, process 11,000 travellers per hour and operate 79 aircraft at any given time.

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